Antioch Library deserves voter support
This election, the Antioch Public Library District has put forth a referendum asking residents if it may issue bonds to cover necessary repairs and improvements to the library. This is an opportunity to invest in the future of our library and our community. I will be voting yes.
For nearly 100 years, the library has served our growing community. Now it is asking for the community's help to fund much-needed maintenance and expansions that will provide us with a community space to gather, read and learn for many decades to come. The library has been working hard to offer programs and activities, especially now during the COVID-19 pandemic, but the library is also facing some necessary maintenance, including improvements to the HVAC system and repairs to the roof.
The increased square footage in the proposed expansion will give district residents more opportunities to come together with neighbors and friends. A larger children's section and new teen space will serve our growing families. Additional meeting rooms with better lighting means we can host small gatherings and study in a safe environment. Finally, a welcoming entry hall will be a comfortable spot for reading and conversation.
Of course, we can't ignore the price tag: $9.6 million. But what you won't see on the ballot this November is that the bond will be spread over 20 years and charged based on the value of your home. For the average home value of $200,000, the tax increase will be about $50 a year or 14 cents a day. I am proud to make that kind of investment in Antioch for my children and grandchildren.
I hope my neighbors in the Antioch Public Library District will join me in voting yes for this referendum.