Yesterday citizens of the City of Cambridge voted on a local option sales tax referendum.
The question ballot read: “Do you approve a one-half (.5) percent local sales tax to fund the construction of a new Cambridge Public Library and East Central Regional Library Headquarters, the City’s street improvement program, and outdoor park development through calendar year 2043? By voting “yes” on this question you are voting to increase the sales tax in Cambridge.”
The official results are in. With 2 out of 2 precincts reporting, the referendum has passed.
- YES: 2115 (61.63%)
- NO: 1317 (38.37%)
You can find other election results on the Minnesota Secretary of State’s website.
Thank you to the volunteers for your hard work on this campaign!
Perhaps you think your town needs a library. Or, you’ve had a library for a long while and you want to enlarge it or move it to a more accessible location. About half of the communities in the East Central Region are at various stages in exploring these questions. Some are looking for land to build on and some are looking to expand current facilities. Thus was the impetus to bring in an expert in the planning and building libraries business, Jack Poling, Managing Principal of Meyer Scherer and Rockcastle Architecture and Interior Design.
The workshop was attended by 41 library leaders that included librarians, library supporters, and city and county elected officials. Poling led a discussion on the library building process that included: identifying and establishing need; defining needs; funding campaigns; design; construction; and the post construction period. Poling’s nationally-known firm has built more than 100 libraries. He shared his experiences and offered valuable insight into the process including lessons learned. The audience asked many questions and shared experiences with each other. The attendees thanked Poling for the valuable information and expressed a desire for the Region to sponsor additional opportunities to get together and learn more about the process.
Jack Poling answers a question posed to him by Dwight Haberman,
part of the committee working on getting a new library built in Isanti.
Participants from Princeton, Onamia and Sandstone converse about library planning issues.
It never hurts to get a little help from your friends.
Barbara Misselt, Director