Mercer Carnegie Library referendum fails


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Posted Online: April 09, 2013, 11:55 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
For the fifth time, the Mercer Carnegie Library District's attempt to get voters to agree to funding for library renovation failed.

Voters defeated a proposal to issue up to $2.87 million in bonds by a vote of 881 to 658.

The library is nearly a century old and has not been significantly modified since it was built in 1915.

The district was asking for bonds of up to $2.8 million during a 20-year period, according to library officials. The money would have paid for improvements, including making the library compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, expanding floor space and services and upgrading the heating and cooling systems.

The district has raised funds through donation drives and has raised about $35,000.

















 



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