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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

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Voters launch Liberty Library into major renovation project

By Dan Hust - staff writer

LIBERTY — More than 300 people - an unusually large turnout - headed to the polls Tuesday, the majority giving the Liberty Public Library the go-ahead to construct a nearly 2,000-square-foot, three-level addition.
A total of 264 voters agreed to bond $1.9 million to cover some of the estimated $2.5 million construction and renovation costs, while 45 said “no.”
“The Library Board of Trustees would like to thank everyone who came out to vote, as well as the Liberty Central School District staff, administration and Board of Education for their assistance in conducting the bond election,” wrote Library Director Marjorie Linko in a press release distributed the day after.
Now the library board moves forward with finalizing drawings and getting NYS Education Department approval to make improvements to the 50-year-old facility along North Main Street in Liberty.
(State approval is necessary because the library sits on Liberty Central School property and is a school district public library.)
Construction may begin next year and will take at least a year. Taxpayers will see a $13-$16 property tax increase on a home assessed at $100,000, though there is a chance officials will find more grant funding that could reduce that figure.

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