What Voters Need to Know: The KCMO Library Question

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The Waldo Branch at 201 E. 75th St. is one of the library’s busiest branches which faces significant structural deterioration and is no longer large enough to meet the growing demand for its services.

Kansas City Public Library Question

By John Sharp

This measure which has no organized opposition would allow the Board of the Kansas City Public Library District to raise the library property tax by eight cents for general operations of the District and to renovate or replace its 10 library locations; expand services and access to computers and library collections; and enhance spaces and programming for children, seniors and families.

The District has committed to also use funds from the proposed levy increase, the first such request in 22 years, to extend branch library hours and modernize computers available for public use.

It has announced if the levy increase passes it will seek community input on whether to renovate and expand or replace its Waldo Branch at 201 E. 75th St., one of its busiest branches which faces significant structural deterioration and is no longer large enough to meet the growing demand for its services.

If the levy increase passes, it will increase property taxes on a home with a fair market value of $100,000 by $15.20 annually.

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