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Library Board Members Move Forward with Referendum Question

Five board members voted to move forward at the meeting Thursday night.

Despite two board members being absent Thursday night, remaining Shorewood-Troy Public Library board members voted to place a referendum question on the ballot. The referendum would read as follows:

Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limit Law for the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District, Will County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to .4164 percent above the limiting rate for any purpose of said Library District for levy year 2011 and be equal to .56 percent of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2013?

Patch first reported that the district had outgrown its current space in April 2012.

"We don’t have enough room for (book) collections,"  Jennie Mills, Shorewood-Troy Library Director said at the time. "We are getting rid of books that could still be used to make room for new books."

The district had already planned to purchase a 5 mile piece of property near Shorewood Village Hall. While they had enough to negotiate the property, they did not have the funds to construct a building. For that, they had to go to the voters.

The library has hosted a couple events for residents to weigh in on the proposed new building and Mills said not one has expressed concern about the tax levy.

"We didn’t really hear any anger or upset about the tax law," she said in the Dec. 13 story.

The referendum will appear on the ballot on April 9.

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Infamous Steve January 12, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Jennie Mills has to either be stupid or oblivious to what the people of Shorewood want. Someone make her read all the comments on all the different library stories on the Patch. Then she will see that there is pretty much nothing but opposition to a new library. It is funny how "officials" and "board members" even at the local level have lost touch with reality.
M&M January 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM
This is to Dawn Aulet, the author, shouldn't the cost of the new library be mentioned in this article, as also maybe an example of what the increase would be for an average price home on the tax bill would be. That would give taxpayers a clearer picture of just what this is going to cost the taxpayers, instead of saying an increase to .4164, and a limit to .56.
Jim S January 13, 2013 at 03:49 PM
The fact is that libraries are changing. Large book repositories will no longer be built. Would be better off with a "Shorewood Library" website where you can check out e-books and rent local space for computer access to those without it.
M&M January 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM
As long as we have this well maintained and attractive library already, and i"m pretty sure its paid for, we can keep using it, and not burden the taxpayers by building a larger, expensive new one, and lets be honest, that a whole lot of people just won't use it. As long the space at the library is used wisely, the library we have now should be sufficient. And you are right, we are in the digital age, and building a larger brick and mortar makes no sense.
Lisa March 26, 2013 at 01:46 PM
I agree, we do not need a new library right now. The cost is too high. Why does it have to be 21 million dollars?

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