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 Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.