Richland Co. voters approve library bond referendum | News
RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS)- Richland County citizens voted in favor to pay a little extra in property taxes for a lot of changes at 10 the library's 11 locations.
The bond referendum will cost taxpayers about $59 million.
Library officials say in the past 4 years, traffic at the downtown branch has gone up 30 percent as people look for Internet connectivity and help finding jobs. The system is trying to make that process easier by adding extra computers to some branches, and meeting spaces to others.
Main Street's improvements will include a redesigned entry, and creature comforts like a new HVAC system and new carpeting. Officials say every one of the library's 11 branches will see enhanced services.
"I talked to so many people at the polls today that were just so proud of their library system and wanted to ensure that it was a great library system for the next 30 years on out, so it was really a terrific feeling," said Melanie Huggins, executive director of the Richland County library system.
The bond will hit Richland County voters in the form of a property tax. If you own a $100,000 home, the library estimates it'll cost you about $12 to $14 extra per year.
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