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Windsor area voters reject tax for new library

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

A hush fell over the Windsor Library as early returns showed a new library for the Clearview Library District behind in votes.

Marcus Vess, a junior at Windsor High School and a volunteer for the Yes 2 Our Library campaign, gaped at the numbers.

Voters shot down Ballot Issue 5A 54.67 percent to 45.33 percent. The ballot issue was a mill levy increase that would have allowed the district to build a new library. The mill levy increase would have meant a person with a $300,000 home would have an increase of $5 per month or $60 per year.

Backers of the measure were counting on building a $25 million library at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street in Windsor.

“The problem isn’t going to go away. The problem is just going to accelerate because people keep moving here.

— Joann Perko, president of Clearview Library District board

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Joann Perko, president of the Clearview Library District board, said a mill levy increase for the district likely will be brought to voters again because the district needs more space. She was not sure when it will be on the ballot again, but Perko said likely as soon as is feasible for the district.

"The problem isn't going to go away," she said. "The problem is just going to accelerate because people keep moving here."

Before results started coming in, Perko said she was in a cooking class at the library that residents had to register for, something the district was hoping to avoid with the expansion. The need for library users to register for programs and possibly be put on wait lists likely will become more common without a new library, Perko said.

The community provided input on the building plans at several public meetings this year. The new building, as Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture designed, would include children's and teenager spaces, and media, nonfiction and fiction areas where books are kept with spaces for reading and small meeting rooms.

The increased mill levy would not have gone toward the land. The 5.76-acre property on Main Street was purchased by the district for $925,000 last year.

As residents started trickling out of the library around 9 p.m., most said they remained hopeful. Perko said Clearview Library District board members will discuss in the coming weeks what to do in light of the results.

LEARN MORE

To read more about the library district’s request for a mill levy increase, and plans for a new library, check out the following:

» Clearview Library District patrons excited for new, expanded spaces possible at proposed new library in Windsor

» Community provides input on possible new library for Windsor

» Plans moving forward for new library in Windsor