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McCall voters passed a library bond in May. The project will go over budget

The McCall Library will likely go over its original budget.

BoiseDev told you about McCall passing its library bond in May. The bond will cost taxpayers $4.2 million, and the total cost of the upgrade was estimated at $6.5 million.

Now, CM Companies construction manager Trey Crookston told McCall City Council the library would be over budget. If the library wants to keep its current design plans with additions such as a community center, a larger children’s library, and meeting rooms, the cost will increase by around $500,000 or 7.5%.

“It’s no secret that the construction industry is booming and material prices are through the roof and ever-changing and, so that’s been the name of our business here for the last six to eight months,” Crookston said during the council meeting. “And more recently, the last couple of months on this project, trying to identify what the costs will be. And we don’t have a perfect crystal ball, by any means, but we were trying to be optimistic, and yet realistic, of what costs will be when this comes out to bid in December.”

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The bond amount is not able to be raised to pay for the increase.

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Nathan Stewart of the McCall Public Works department says that the library is in “a really good position.”

“We’ve got a lot of challenges, and there’s a lot more that will be coming as we see construction prices change either higher or lower,” he said. “We’re going to have to flex and adjust.”

The team working on the library also gave an update on the timeline. The revamp is looking to be complete in May 2023. Next, the team expects to be in front of the McCall Planning and Zoning Commission in early October 2021.

Autum Robertson - BoiseDev reporter
Autum Robertson is a BoiseDev reporter focused on Meridian and McCall. Contact her at [email protected].

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