On Tuesday, November 8th, Norwood town and area residents will vote on a mill levy proposal to raise 50% of the funds needed to build a new library and continue offering the current level of services to a growing population within a larger facility. The mill levy increase will build a new library and increase operating funds to meet the demands of a growing community. If approved, the mill levy will cost homeowners approximately $55 a year for every $100,000 of their actual home value.
Did you know?
In the last five years, the Lone Cone Library has experienced an increase of 38% in visitors to the library, 369% in children’s programming attendance, and 2171% in free WiFi use.
Voting NO to the proposed mill levy means:
- The library will be forced to cut staff, services, and materials in the existing location.
- $1,511,000 in provisional grant monies as well as corporate and individual donations will have to be declined.
- Library services will decrease due to loss of oil and gas taxes, leading to restricted access to information, youth and adult literacy programs, and community technology resources.
- The library will increasingly need to edit what they can offer to the public based on limited space and staff capacity instead of basing offerings on community demand and relevancy.
Voting YES to the proposed mill levy means:
- Children and teens will each have their own area within the new library.
- Adult collections, including the Charlie Fowler collection, DVD’s and media, will be expanded.
- Multiple programs will be offered simultaneously.
- The new library will offer a large meeting space to accommodate community events, conferences and speakers, or the option to provide several smaller meeting spaces simultaneously by dividing the larger space.
- A visitor center which will advertise our region’s spectacular outdoor activities and tourist attractions.
- An Equal Access Center of the Colorado Supreme Court to help community members navigate our legal system by providing reliable and affordable legal information.
- A greenhouse to be used for educational purposes by the CSU extension office and other groups.
- The new library grounds will include walking trails, park features and an outdoor amphitheater.
- Technology access will expand.
- $1,511,000 in awarded grants and donations will be used alongside tax revenue.
- Homeowners will pay an increase of just under $5 a month per $100,000 of their actual property value.