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Voters say yes to expanded McCall Library project

The City of McCall will finally get its upgraded library.

After narrowly failing a year ago, a revamped bond went back in front of voters and passed with 77.95% in favor – 608 said yes and 172 said no.

The bond will cost taxpayers $4.2 million, with the total price tag on the library revamp standing at about $6.5 million. Donors and other funding sources will help pay for the revamp in addition to the bond.

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 current building went up in 1972, and leaders said it wasn’t adequate to meet modern needs.

“The public’s clear support of the plan means so much to our hardworking team. It was a collaborative effort that included so many volunteers and staff over many years,” McCall City Manager Anette Spickard said. “A special thanks to the Library Board of Trustees, the Expansion Committee, the Library Foundation and of course, the Library’s generous donors. The efforts of our partners will be on display for the next 50 years or more in a new beautiful public building designed by the community for the community.”

The current McCall Library. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

Last year, the bond narrowly met Idaho’s two-thirds majority required for bonds. Officials pared down the amount – pulling nearly $2 million off the price tag and making changes to the project after a voter feedback survey.

All McCall property owners will pay the new bond assessment. There is also acalculatoravailable to see how the expansion would affect taxes on your home or property.

BoiseDev’s Autum Robertson contributed to this report.

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