Dear Fellow Lombardians, On behalf of myself, my fantastic staff and dedicated Board of Trustees, thank you Lombard for putting your trust in us by voting to invest in a new Helen Plum Library. The successful passage of the Library Proposition to approve a tax rate increase proves that the Lombard voters care deeply for … More Thank you, Lombard!
(first levy following voter approval on November 8, 2016 of a higher limiting rate) This memo explains the relationship between the limiting rate (tax rate) and the Library District’s levy amount of $6,750,000 for the Library District’s first levy following the referendum on November 8, 2016. On November 8, 2016, voters approved a limiting rate … More Library District Levy Explanation
In response to concerns about the financial terms of the Helen Plum Memorial Library District Proposition to Increase the Limiting Rate, the Library reached out to bond attorney Kelly Kost and bond underwriter James Rachlin for clarification of the complicated wording of the referendum on the November 8 ballot. Why didn’t the Library Board include … More Questions about the Referendum Terms
The November 8, 2016 ballot question asks for approval of a tax rate increase for the purpose of building and replacing the current 53 year old Library with a new, larger building, as well as expanding library collections, services and programs. This cost includes a temporary relocation, new furnishings and technology, as well as fees … More Community Video: Helen Plum’s Next Chapter
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On Nov. 9, if the Helen Plum Library referendum is unsuccessful, Director Barb Kruser, her administration team and the Board of Trustees will immediately begin looking at the Library’s operating budget to make some very difficult decisions on which services, collections, building hours, and staff can be cut or reduced to pay for all of … More What happens to the Library if the Nov. 8 referendum is unsuccessful?
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With roundtables for parents and caregivers, teens, and the general public, Helen Plum Library officials will answer questions about the Next Chapter project.
What about Mr. Z’s property? The property is currently on the market for $2.25 million. Any new building construction plan undertaken by the Helen Plum Library would require a referendum for funding. The current plan to present a referendum to the public in November of 2016 would mean that if approved, funding for the project, … More Commonly Asked Question #4
Why have other area libraries been able to do major renovations and upgrades without a referendum? As you can see in the chart below, Helen Plum Library has the lowest expenditure per capita of any of the local peer libraries with similar populations. Minimal annual levy increases through the years by Helen Plum have not … More Commonly Asked Question #3