April 19, 2018

Waco, San Antonio Voters Approve Expansion Funds

By Lynn Blumenstein

Two Texas cities held elections May 12 that resulted in good news for public libraries. For the first time in 40 years, Waco voters approved a bond referendum, choosing to raise taxes to fund $63 million in community improvements, including $12 million for libraries. The funds will be used to build a new 30,000 square foot West Waco library and renovate the Waco-McLennan County Central Library, creating 8500 more square feet of usable space.

In San Antonio, voters approved an $11 million bond for public library capital improvements. The amount will pay for upgrades at nine branches and partially fund two new facilities. The library bond was one of five, totaling $550 million. The library board initially requested some $33 million in refurbishments to be included in the bond.