A rendering of the proposed Guilderland Public Library expansion.
continued Morrissey said much of the preliminary research to look into the project was paid for through grants. The plan is to bond the entire $12.9 million cost of the project and in the future, the library would hold fundraisers to help offset some of the costs to taxpayers.
Most homeowners within the Guilderland Library District currently pay about $1 to $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed property value. With the bond, taxpayers would likely see an increase of about 28 cents per $1,000.
Some have raised questions about bonding such a large amount, especially during a time when the community is trying to rebound from the recession.
“We tried to be as prudent as possible and the reason why we are doing a referendum is so the community can vote on this decision,” said Morrissey. “We are leaving it completely in the people’s hands.”
Randall said the expansion is necessary for Guilderland to maintain its standard of living.
“If you want your community to continue in a positive direction, one of the things people look at is schools, the library and recreation areas,” she said. (Those wanting to buy a home) look for things that are family areas. With nanotech and the university expanding the way they are … we’re in that area and need to move forward like everyone.”
If the referendum passes, the project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2013. The expansion would then take about 24 months to complete. The library would remain open during construction.
Morrissey said the library is the right place for residents to invest.
“A library, first, will always be about the books but it’s about more than that. It’s about learning in general and enhancing the community with programs,” he said. “Also, the thought that the growth of Kindles will kill the book is a betrayal. Not everyone can afford one and there are still a lot of people who depend on books to get their educational materials. That’s not going away anytime soon.”
The polls will be open from noon to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26. Voting will take place at each of the Guilderland Central School District’s five elementary schools.