SG Library seeks limiting rate increase

By on March 8, 2014

SUGAR GROVE—The Sugar Grove Public Library hopes to increase its limiting rate an additional $2.14 per month, or $25 more per year (for a home valued at $100,000), through a referendum on the March 18 ballot. The library needs additional funds to maintain the facility and grounds, support a number of current programs, departments and new programs it would like to add this year. The additional money would help the library afford the purchase of more materials in physical and downloadable formats, as well as the purchase of new computers to replace aging ones.

The library has attempted to raise the limiting rate in the past to no avail. It needs to increase that rate this year to replenish its budget. The additional several dollars per month would also extend the library’s hours.

“If the limiting rate passed during the referendum, we could have the library open every day with consistent hours,” said Library Director Carol Dolin. “Right now, we are open some mornings and some evenings. People would be able to remember our hours easily.”

The library staff is concerned with the library’s current budget.

“Our budget is almost depleted after we threw the party celebrating the library being open for 50 years,” Dolin said. “We would really like to see this referendum pass so that we can also have money to fund our summer programs.”

The library celebrated its 50-year milestone last July, and provided food, beverages and entertainment from the a cappella group Ac Rock.

The Sugar Grove library currently has the lowest limiting rate in the area, with Kaneville, Oswego, Elburn, Aurora and Batavia all possessing higher rates. With a vast amount of services offered, the library staff hopes that the public will vote to pass the referendum to ensure that the library can continue to offer a large variety of programs and materials.

Should the referendum pass, the library staff will survey the public to understand their needs and expectations for library hours, programs and materials.