A series of public meetings are scheduled to review plans and to answer questions about plans for construction of a new main Salt Lake City Library and improvements at two branch libraries.
Scheduled in advance of a Tuesday, Nov. 3, $84 million general obligation bond election, the first meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at the Main Library, 209 E. 500 South.The second meeting will also be held at 7 p.m. and at the Main Library on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The Sprague Branch Library, where improvements are planned, will host a meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21. This particular session 2131 S. 1100 East, will focus on plans for the Sprague expansion.
A final meeting at the Anderson-Foothill Branch, 1135 S. 2100 East, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, will center on expansion plans at that library.
Library officials say an $84 million bond over 20 years will cover the cost of a new 200,000-square foot main library, demolition of all the buildings on the library block with the exception of the main library and parking for 600 vehicles. Three hundred stalls of that number will be dedicated for library use.
If voters approve, bonds would provide funds for construction of an outdoor plaza for community events and replacement of the plant that provides heating and cooling for the entire library block and for the Salt Lake City-County Building.
Officials say passage of the bond would mean an annual increase of $43.50 in property taxes on a $150,000 home. They say this amounts of $3.63 per month or about 12 cents per day.
Taxpayers should also realize that the new library facilities would result in increased operating costs of about $7 to $8 per year per taxpayer. If the bond passes, library officials would ask for an operating increase to begin in 1999-2000. This would allow the library to significantly enhance the size of its collection before completion of the new main library.
In August 1997 the library board voted unanimously to build a new main library on the same block as the existing 34-year-old structure. The board favors saving the existing library at 209 E. 500 South and finding a suitable use for it. A museum or multicultural center are two possibilities being explored.
Call the library system, 524-8200, for more information about the bond election or the upcoming meetings.