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Article posted: 12/10/2012 11:29 AM

Libertyville taxpayers may be asked if they will pay to save Brainerd building

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The auditorium of the former Libertyville High School, known as the Brainerd building, would be a hot spot for a variety of activities, say supporters of a plan to convert the building to a community center. Voters will be asked if they want to pay for the improvements.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

John Snow, right, Scott Adams and Walt Oakley, of the Brainerd Community Center Inc., discuss plans to gauge voter support of a property tax increase to revive the 1916 former high school building for a variety of activities.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The Brainerd building south of downtown Libertyville was built in 1916 as the first high school in central Lake County. Fundraising efforts to convert the shuttered building into a community center have fallen short and voters are expected to be asked if they are willing to support a tax hike to do so.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Efforts to convert the former Libertyville High School into a community center have fallen short and property owners are expected to be asked whether they favor a tax increase to follow through with the project.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

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Supporters of a longstanding dream to convert the shuttered former Libertyville High School building into a community center will be asking if voters would be willing to pay more in property taxes to make that happen. The Brainerd Community Center Inc., has collected more than more than 1,000 signatures in support of an advisory referendum for the April ballot.
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    • The auditorium of the former Libertyville High School, known as the Brainerd building, would be a hot spot for a variety of activities, say supporters of a plan to convert the building to a community center. Voters will be asked if they want to pay for the improvements.
    • John Snow, right, Scott Adams and Walt Oakley, of the Brainerd Community Center Inc., discuss plans to gauge voter support of a property tax increase to revive the 1916 former high school building for a variety of activities.
    • The Brainerd building south of downtown Libertyville was built in 1916 as the first high school in central Lake County. Fundraising efforts to convert the shuttered building into a community center have fallen short and voters are expected to be asked if they are willing to support a tax hike to do so.
    • Efforts to convert the former Libertyville High School into a community center have fallen short and property owners are expected to be asked whether they favor a tax increase to follow through with the project.
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