The Daniel Boone Regional Library Board's hopes for new facilities were no match for voters in April's election. The board wanted to raise property taxes 21 cents for every 100 dollars of assessed value, but some Hallsville residents went on record saying they thought the library board was more interested in serving Columbia than the county as a whole.
Hallsville residents met Tuesday night with the library board at their community center to talk about why the proposed tax increase failed.
Right now, many people have to commute to get to a library, and soon the Columbia location will max out its capacity.
One idea that came out of the meeting was the need for more accessible sites.
"The library should not necessarily be in Hallsville. It should be approximately equal distance between Hallsville, Sturgeon and Harrisburg," Hallsville resident Charles Sievert said.
Some suggestions at the listening session tonight were having a location closer to a school, designing a simpler building to save money, trying a smaller tax increase in a future election, and having an overall smaller budget.
ADDITIONAL DATES AND TIMES FOR THE LISTENING SESSIONS
WEDNESDAY, MAY 23 AT 7 P.M. (BOONE COUNTY GOVERNMENT CENTER)
THURSDAY, MAY 24 AT 7 P.M. (SOUTHER BOONE COUNTY SENIOR CENTER)
Reported by: Sarah Keeven