County, Library Board Discuss Expansion Funding Options

Johnson County Library
Johnson County Library

At their Tuesday meeting, the Johnson County Commissioners and the Library Board discussed two funding options for the proposed expansion project for the library.

Option #1 would use Chapter 32 County-Wide Consensus Grant Funds to use as matching funds for a Chapter 3 Mineral Royalties Grant in the amount of $3 million. Additionally, the library would need $800,0000 in additional matching funds for a Chapter 3 grant, which requires a 50% local match. The funding could be gained through foundations such as the First Interstate Foundation or the McMurry and Daniels to name a few.

The library board has also earmarked the city and/or county for possible funding of $200,000 per entity.

Option#2 would do as much of Option #1 as possible and look into low-interest loans for any remaining funds.

After some discussion on funding, Commissioner John Gibbs, participating in the meeting via teleconference, made a suggestion for funding that turned out to be popular.

The issue was tabled until the next county commission meeting, but the idea of allowing the library use of consensus funding and to put an optional one-cent tax on the ballot in 2014 has moved forward for further discussions at the next meeting.

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