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McCall library bond back on the ballot after failing in 2020

Registered voters in McCall will once again see a library expansion bond on their ballots this May.

McCall city council members voted to add the McCall Public Library Expansion bond to the May 18, 2021 election after the measure narrowly failed to meet the required two-thirds majority in 2020.

The 2021 proposed bond amount will not exceed $4.2 million, that’s a $2 million reduction from the 2020 bond. The total project cost is $6.5 million, with additional funding coming from donations and other sources.

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The expansion would make the library more spacious, add more natural light, create additional places for hands-on learning with spots for focus groups, and add a used bookstore. The expansion could also add new technologies such as 3D printers and computers.

The city also has plans for the current library that was built in 1972, such as turning hallways into art galleries and old rooms into versatile spaces that could be used for a city council meetings or a place for children to play.

The city’s website says that much of the projects’ $6.5 million will be paid with cash, pledges and grants received in the amount of $2.3 million.

You can vote on the expansion project if you live within McCall city limits. All McCall property owners would pay the bond assessment. There is also a calculator available to see how the expansion would affect taxes on your home or property.

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Autum Robertson - BoiseDev Reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at autum@boisedev.com.

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