Library Board members available for ‘meet and greet’ next four Saturdays

By on January 8, 2010

by Susan O’Neill
SUGAR GROVE—Sugar Grove Library Board members will be available at the library for the four Saturday mornings in January to answer questions residents may have about the upcoming referendum or about the library’s services.

“People still have questions,” board vice-president Sabrina Malano said. “If all they read is the question on the ballot, it can be very confusing. People want to know what rate we are asking for, and if it passes, what the increase will do for them.”

Malano emphasized that the board members will not be there to try to persuade residents to vote for the referendum, but rather to answer their questions.

The referendum, which will be on the ballot on Tuesday, Feb. 2, will ask Library District residents for an increase in the tax rate of 10 cents per $100 of Equalized Assessed Value. For a homeowner of a $300,000 home, this would mean an additional $102 per year.

According to Board President Art Morrical, if the referendum passes, the number of hours the library is open will be increased by at least 20 hours, the collection of books and magazines will be expanded, and more programs will be offered.

If the referendum passes this time, patrons will see the value of their “yes” vote right away, Malano said.

Malano said that, because of the timing of this election, the money from the increase in the rate would become available to the library this July.

“They definitely would see an impact quickly,” she said.

According to Malano, the increase in the hours would add a couple more evenings that the library would be open for students, as well as some additional weekend hours. The additional programs would target older children, such as middle-school students and teens, as well as adults, and additional computer classes. There will also be additional meeting room availability for community groups. A “no” vote would mean more of the same.

“There’s so much more we want to offer,” Malano said. “But it’s really up to them (the district residents).”

The library will host early voting, beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 12, through Thursday, Jan. 28. Kane County election judges, who will preside over the voting, will be able to access voting information for any registered voter in the county. Anyone who lives in Kane County, with the exception of Aurora residents, will be able to cast their vote at the library, Library Director Beverly Homes Hughes said.

“Meet and Greet”
about the library referendum
with Library Board members
Sugar Grove Library lobby
Saturday, Jan. 9, 16, 23 & 30
9 a.m. to noon

To answer residents’ questions about the referendum or about the library

SG Library District Referendum
• On the ballot for Feb. 2 election
• Asks for funding increase of 10 cents per $100,000 of EAV
• Would mean total operating tax rate of 20 cents per $100 of EAV
• Impact on a $300,000 home = $102 per year
• Library would begin receiving funds in July

If the referendum passes
• Library hours would increase from 41 to 61 hours
• Library would be open on Monday, and increased hours on Fridays and Saturdays
• Sunday could be an option, based on resident survey responses
• More programs, especially for older children, teens and adults
• Decreases in check-out line delays
• Decreases in the time a book is on hold
• Availability of more copies of books, CDs and magazines; greater variety of titles
• Creation of a DVD collection

If the referendum does not pass
• No changes to current situation, in regards to hours, classes, size of collection