Mercer library seeks funds for renovations


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Originally Posted Online: April 04, 2013, 7:21 pm
Last Updated: April 04, 2013, 9:17 pm
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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

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 .

















 




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