Library OKs Asking Voters to Finance New Facilities

By Johnson, Anna | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), August 23, 2000 | Go to article overview

Library OKs Asking Voters to Finance New Facilities


Johnson, Anna, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Despite some reservations, the Gail Borden Public Library board voted unanimously to place a $28 million referendum question on the November ballot.

To accommodate projected population growth, the library is seeking a 1.5 percent property tax increase for each of the next 20 years to build and operate two new facilities.

The first of the proposed libraries is a $24 million, 140,000- square-foot central location, which would be built on the former W.R. Meadows property just north of the current library on Kimball Street and the Fox River.

The second is a $4 million, 10,000-square-foot branch library, which would be built near the intersection of Randall and Bowes roads on Elgin's southwest side.

Together the pair would cost the owner of a $140,000 home about $65 more in property taxes per year, from $129.50 to $194.25, based on a 3 percent growth rate.

"I have all the confidence that the plan we have come up with is economical and will serve the district," said board President Joan Berna.

Despite the unanimous vote, a few board members expressed some hesitation about the referendum to the rest of the board.

Trustee Mike Alft said that although he agrees the library needs to expand, he would rather ask voters to approve a smaller central library and a branch located in South Elgin instead of the southwest portion of Elgin.

Trustee Clarence Wittenstrom said he would prefer a smaller central library and no branch library, and treasurer Sandra Wegman said she wished the referendum would be divided into two questions, one for the central library and the other for the branch library, instead of one. …

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