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Library Bond 2016
Library Bond Election Results: November 2016
On November 8th, 2016 Meridian Library District residents voted 59.1% In Favor and 40.9% Against the library bond measure.
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Library Bond Information
On November 8th, 2016, Meridian Library District will ask citizens to vote to approve a $12 million bond to fund the construction of two new branch library projects in Meridian: one in South Meridian and one in North Meridian. The bond requires a supermajority to pass (66.7%).
The cost of the bond for both new library branches would be approximately $11.05 annually per $100,000 in assessed property value ($0.92 per month). In response to residents' requests for improved library services, the Meridian Library District Board of Trustees and staff; in consultation with civic leaders, community members, and qualified architects, have identified these projects as necessary to continue providing needed services to our rapidly growing Meridian community.
In 2014 MLD completed a long-range facility plan. If approved, the new libraries will nearly double the total public library space in Meridian Library's service boundaries, but even with the addition of these library locations, by the year 2020, the library's footprint will still be operating under the standard of one square foot per capita for public libraries. Currently, we are operating at less than half a square foot per capita and shrinking, due to the growth of the community.
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South Meridian Branch
South Meridian Branch Library Information
- Cost: $7,097,491
The library is proposing an 18-20,000 square foot branch library as a part of the joint-use facility with the YMCA, West Ada School District, City of Meridian Parks & Recreation, and St. Luke's Health System near the Amity and Eagle intersection in South Meridian. The branch is guaranteed to have free public access.
- Design and operational elements include:
- Children's library, including multiple storytime & program areas
- Quiet reading & study floor, including private meeting rooms
- Teen room with collections and technology
- Technology lab & small copy center
- Energy efficient design
- Open 60-64 hours, 7 days a week
The Silverstone branch library in South Meridian is 4,500 square feet and sees more than 100,000 visits each year. The current lease on the building costs nearly $100,000/year. This proposed South Meridian, shared-use facility will allow MLD to move the Silverstone branch and reallocate those resources to the new library location with vastly improved services to the community.
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North Meridian Branch
North Meridian Branch Library Information
- Cost: $5,073,750
The board of trustees is proposing a 15,000 square foot neighborhood branch library in Northwest Meridian to address the need for library services in a growing part of our community. Land has not yet been acquired in the Ten Mile/Chinden area, but the library is actively seeking a site. UPDATE 10/24/16 David & Kristin Turnbull and Orville & Heidi Thompson have agreed to donate land for the future site of Meridian Library District’s proposed north branch. The donated land sits on the northwest corner of Black Cat Road and Chinden Boulevard.
This branch library would include:
- Children and teen dedicated spaces and collections
- Comfortable seating and high-speed Wi-Fi in addition to desktop computer access
- Meeting and study rooms
- Open 50 hours, 7 days a week
- Energy efficient design
- Room for expansion
Currently, the Cherry Lane library is operating far beyond capacity. The long-range facility planning committee and Board of Trustees have designated Northwest Meridian as the second site to build a branch library. Development along the Chinden corridor has continued westward. A branch library will provide greatly improved access for North Meridian residents as well as alleviating some of the pressure from the Cherry Lane library.