Despite two board members being absent Thursday night, remaining Shorewood-Troy Public Library board members voted to place a referendum question on the ballot. The referendum would read as follows:
Shall the limiting rate under the Property Tax Extension Limit Law for the Shorewood-Troy Public Library District, Will County, Illinois, be increased by an additional amount equal to .4164 percent above the limiting rate for any purpose of said Library District for levy year 2011 and be equal to .56 percent of the equalized assessed value of the taxable property therein for levy year 2013?
Patch first reported that the district had outgrown its current space in April 2012.
"We don’t have enough room for (book) collections," Jennie Mills, Shorewood-Troy Library Director said at the time. "We are getting rid of books that could still be used to make room for new books."
The district had already planned to purchase a 5 mile piece of property near Shorewood Village Hall. While they had enough to negotiate the property, they did not have the funds to construct a building. For that, they had to go to the voters.
The library has hosted a couple events for residents to weigh in on the proposed new building and Mills said not one has expressed concern about the tax levy.
"We didn’t really hear any anger or upset about the tax law," she said in the Dec. 13 story.
The referendum will appear on the ballot on April 9.