Two Libraries Ask Voters to Approve New Buildings

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Byline: Russell Lissau and C.L. Waller Daily Herald Staff Writers

Cook Memorial Library referendum

- Voters are asked to raise the tax rate 15 cents, from 25 cents per $100 of assessed property value to 40 cents.

- If approved, $19.1 million would be used to renovate the existing library in downtown Libertyville, and build a new, larger library on five acres - donated to the library - near Lake Harvey in Vernon Hills.

- Some additional property tax revenue also would pay for operating both buildings through 2020.

Fremont Public Library referendum

- Officials at the Mundelein library have proposed building a new facility on Midlothian Road north of Route 176, in Mundelein, and renovating the building on Route 45 for use as a smaller branch.

- The first question on the ballot calls for borrowing $10 million to build the new library. It will raise taxes to the district by 11 cents per $100 of equalized assessed valuation, from 22 cents to 33 cents.

- The second question asks about another 11-cent tax-rate increase to pay for the remodeling of the existing building and the operating costs of both facilities.

Many voters in central and southern Lake County will consider referendum questions, which, if approved, would raise taxes to fund improvements at two area libraries.

Cook Memorial Library district and Fremont Public Library each are asking for additional tax money to construct new buildings and renovate the existing facilities in an effort to provide more space for patrons and programs.

The 13,800-square-foot Fremont Public Library stands at 470 N. Lake St. in downtown Mundelein. There have been a few expansion and remodeling projects in its history, but employees and patrons say more space is now needed.

The library's collection, they say, has outgrown the building in recent years, and there's no room for additional expansion.

Library officials want to build a new, main facility on 6.24 acres on Midlothian Road, north of Route 176 near Mundelein. The building would be 56,000 square feet.

The village gave the library the land in 1996. It had been donated to the village by developers who specified it be used for a library or similar community facility.

Officials also want to renovate the existing building and turn it into a smaller branch facility. …