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Throughout the planning stages of preparing for the Jasper Library Referendum, Jasper Library Director, Christine Golden, and the Jasper Library Board would discuss outreach strategies in their meetings to encourage the public to stay informed leading up to this past Tuesday’s election day.

During Thursday’s Jasper Library Board meeting the group discussed the positive outcome of the referendum passing. With just a few days of learning of this anticipated outcome.

The referendum passed by a 60 to 40 percent vote on Tuesday paving the way for the project which is estimated to cost not more than 6 and a half million dollars and is estimated to increase the property tax rate for debt service by a maximum of nearly 6 cents per $100 of assessed value.
Golden elaborates on the next step for the Jasper Library.

Golden says there they will be able to take time to establish their billing corporation. From there they will then focus on the next steps for demolition plans regarding the proposed location for the Jasper Cultural Center.

Simultaneously, they look forward to the final designs being accomplished as the demolition process is anticipated to start ideally by the end of Spring 2017.

Golden notes they have a lot more work to do and as they do they will continue to work with the city of Jasper.

As they move closer to their goal, Golden expressed her gratitude towards all the people who helped with the outreach to inform the community on the library referendum and overall support for the Jasper Cultural Center

Golden also emphasized on how the Jasper Public Library staff, Jasper Library Board, Friends of the Library, and many more were instrumental on supporting the progress of the project in regards to their investment of time and energy.

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