Carthage residents vote in favor of new library Tuesday, await results of early and absentee voting

Carthage residents vote in favor of new library
Carthage residents vote in favor of new library(WGEM)
Updated: Apr. 6, 2021 at 4:13 PM CDT
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CARTHAGE, Ill (WGEM) – Voters in the Carthage Elementary School District went to the polls Tuesday and approved a $1.2 million bond for a new library, but the Hancock County Clerk said early and absentee votes still needed to be counted to determine the outcome of the issue.

Votes cast on Tuesday were in favor of the issue 358-333. The Clerk’s Office did not have a timeline on when early and absentee votes would be counted.

The proposal would increase tax rates by a little over 9 cents per $100 of assessed value. The bond is expected to be paid off within nineteen years.

Staff at the library said the change is necessary because of the condition of the current building. The library is in an old bank building. If they were to renovate to modern standards, they would have to rebuild a new elevator shaft to make it ADA friendly.

They would need to add an additional stairway to the second floor. They would also have to remodel the second floor to expand the room sizes. According to library staff, an architect gave an estimate that it would cost about the same or even more to renovate the old building versus building a new one.

The new library would be built on donated land at First and Center Streets.

Library officials said they will work with a local real estate agent to find a buyer to preserve the old bank building.

For more information on the proposal and detailed impacts on the tax increase, click here.

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