Sugar Grove library seeks voter approval for operating funds
By Stephanie Lulay firstname.lastname@example.org February 21, 2014 10:04AM
The Sugar Grove Library
Updated: February 23, 2014 2:45AM
After several failed attempts to raise more money, the Sugar Grove Public Library will again seek a tax levy increase on the March ballot.
If passed, the referendum would give the library more operating dollars to pay staff, buy materials and stay open longer.
The library district has tried many times over the years to pass a referendum, but has never been successful, said Carol Dolin, executive director of the Sugar Grove Library. On average, about 3.1 percent of property taxes in Kane County go to support libraries, compared to 2.5 percent in the Sugar Grove Library District.
“Our limiting rate is much lower than surrounding communities, but patrons expect the same amount of service: for (the library) to be open daily, to have new materials and more programs and activities,” Dolin said.
If approved, a homeowner currently paying a library tax of $110.11 on a $137,188 home would pay an additional $35.17 per year.
If the rate increase is not approved, the library may have to cut hours and staff. Currently, the library is closed on Fridays. Building maintenance has been deferred, too, she said.
“We have light bulbs that we can’t replace because that’s not in the budget right now,” she said.
Dolin, who joined the library in May 2012, said the library has worked “very hard” to prove value to the community.
“We’ve got this beautiful building … why not pay a few more dollars so we can use it all of the time?” Dolin asked.
Currently, 53 percent of the library tax goes to pay off the building’s mortgage, Dolin said. The library’s operational budget is about $580,000, and another $633,000 will pay off building debt in 2014.
For more information on the proposed library tax increase, visit www.sugargrove.lib.il.us.