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Published May 04, 2011, 05:21 PM

Library Sales Tax Rejected; Now What?

The day after a sales tax to pay for a new public Library was voted down in Grand Forks, one library board member says it will now have to look at other options.

The day after a sales tax to pay for a new public Library was voted down in Grand Forks, one library board member says it will now have to look at other options.

Those might include looking at remodeling the current building.

Tuesday night, the sales tax to generate $20.8 million was voted down 60 percent to 40 percent.

Library Board and city council member Eliot Glassheim says the campaign against the library was well-organized. He says some of the biggest issues for people included the sales tax, but also the location of a new library.

The board has begun working on its 2012 budget, which could include focusing on fixing some of the inefficiencies with the current building, one of the biggest being the heating and cooling system.

Glassheim says a remodel could still cost people in Grand Forks.

"Three, four, five million of repairs to the old place, and that won't be a sales tax, it will probably be a property tax, which people don't like either," Glassheim said.

Glassheim says future decisions depend on what the board and city council decide.

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