Officials in the town of Springville are hoping that citizens will not let the weakening economy deter them on Nov. 4 from approving $9.8 million of bonds to replace the increasingly crowded library.
At 8,100 square feet, the library is less than a third of the appropriate size for a town of 30,000 people, says library director Pam Vaughn. If voters approve next week, the bonds will cover most of the $14.1 million cost, with city revenues covering the balance.
The new library will be built across Main Street from the existing library, replacing the current fire department.
However, Howard A. Stephenson, president of the Utah Taxpayers Association, said that with hard times coming, the town should not go into debt for a library but should shelter funds for increasingly costly highways and school construction.
Springville is a suburb of Provo, south of Salt Lake City.