The Mercer Carnegie Library District is trying again to get voters to agree to funding for a renovation of the aging public library in Aledo.
The library is nearly a century old and has not been significantly modified since it was built in 1915, according to a news release from the library district.
This will be the fifth attempt at winning voter approval for a bond issue.
The district is asking for bonds of up to $2.8 million over a 20-year period, according to the news release. The money would pay 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.
If the measure were approved, property owners within Mercer Carnegie would see an increase of about 37.89 cents per $100 assessed value each year, the release states.
For a homeowner-occupied home worth $100,000, there would be an estimated tax increase of $103.57 a year if the homestead exemption is included. Depending on individual circumstances, other exemptions could apply.
The district is also raising funds through donation drives and has raised about $35,000, the release states.
A worksheet for calculating taxes is available at the library, 200 N. College Ave. in Aledo, and is also available at mercercarnegielibrary.webs.com/index.html .
Today is Thursday, April 24, the 114th day of 2014. There are 251 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We learn that it is a contemplation to start a paper mill in Rock Island during the summer by a gentleman from the East. 1889 -- 125 years ago: The gates of Oklahoma were swung open at noon today, and a throng of more than 30,000 settlers started over its soil. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The Iowa Coliseum Co. was incorporated with $40,000 capital and planned a building on 4th Street between Warren and Green streets in Davenport. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Plans are being discussed for resurfacing the streets in the entire downtown district of Rock Island. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Some 45 jobs will be created at J.I. Case Co.'s Rock Island plant in a expansion of operations announced yesterday afternoon at the firm's headquarters in Racine, Wis. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Gardeners and farmers cheered, but not all Quad-Citians found joy Saturday as more than an inch of rain fell on the area. Motorists faced dangerous, rain-slick roads as the water activated grease and grime that had built up during dry weather.