March Update

The library board and administration have been very busy since the original site for the new library, the old Essentia location, was sold to a developer for senior housing. New locations are being researched with Mike Schwarz of Dardis Realty providing assistance. The goal is to have the new site finalized by the end of March. The next step is to circulate a petition authorizing a 1/4% county wide sales tax to be placed on the November ballot.

Listed below is the timing and action calendar for key events and dates.

1) Board finalizes the proposed location:   March 31, 2014

2) Submit Petition to put a 1/4% Sales Tax Initiative on the November 4th general election ballot for review:  April 4, 2014

3) Start collecting petition signatures: April 30, 2014

4) Submit a minimum of 1,452 signatures (15% of voters in the 2012 general election)  for review:  August 1, 2014.

5) General Election: November 4, 2014.

6) With approval by voters, close on property:  November 30, 2014.

7) Groundbreaking: August 1, 2015

8) Grand Opening: September 1, 2016

These are the key steps necessary to bring a new library to Jamestown and Stutsman County.

Next week we will post  “Frequently Asked Questions”  with answers that highlight the reasons that the new library is essential for Jamestown and Stutsman County.

If you have any questions, post them in the comment section this week. Chances are the FAQ posting will give you an answer. If it is a new question, we will provide an answer.



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