Question: Can voters within the Helen M. Plum Memorial Public Library District (the “District”) initiate a future referendum to lower the District’s general library tax rate of .60% pursuant to Section 18-120 of the Property Tax Code, as amended (the “Code”), to “undo” the Limiting Rate Referendum that was passed in November of 2016 (the … More Rates in the Public Library District Act of 1991 are not subject to the provisions of the General Revenue Law
The Helen Plum Library has presented a proposal to the Lombard Park District that does not encroach on the Park’s air rights and will be built only within the Library’s property. Details of that design are being reviewed with library staff and trustees over the course of the next 2 months. Concepts require further development … More Building Proposal 10.20.17
Why isn’t the Helen Plum Library considering other locations for the new building? Preserving our significant, unique historical link to both Lilacia Park and the Plum family is important to us as well as the history of Lombard. The Library currently has more than 255,000 visitors each year. Moving the library to another location would … More What about other locations?
The additional revenue received from the .216 tax increase voters approved in November, 2017 is currently being held in an interest earning Capital Projects fund. The interest on that fund will be added to help reduce the eventual borrowing costs. Once the building plans are approved, the funds will be spent on bond payments for … More Where is the Money Going?
As the newly elected Helen Plum Library Board President, I wanted to address two concerns that we have heard from the community. The first is the Ordinance 2017-2018-002 that our Board approved at the July 11, 2017 Board meeting. This Ordinance is a Resolution of Intent which is a procedural requirement in order for us … More A Message from the new Library Board President, Jason Brandt
On February 17, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed SB 3319. Click here to view the bill status on ILGA.GOV This legislation provides a remedy for a simple human error by the DuPage Election Commission. The Election Commission published notice of the November 8, 2016 election 3 days too soon (published 33 days vs. 30 days … More Rauner Signs Legislation for Referendums
(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
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!
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