This past July legislation calling for a $125 million bond referendum for public libraries passed both houses and was signed by Gov. Chris Christie on July 21.
The “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act” authorizes the issuance of $125 million in state general obligation bonds to provide grants for the construction, expansion, and equipping of New Jersey’s public libraries.
Under the measure, the State Librarian, in conjunction with the President of Thomas Edison State College, will set the eligibility criteria for the grants.
Each approved grant award will support 50% of the cost of the project, and the appropriate local governing entity in the area served by the public library will support 50% of the cost of the project.
It is important to note that construction bonds are repaid out of state revenues and are NOT paid through local property taxes.
Voter approval of the Construction Bond Referendum on Election Day, Tuesday, November 7th, would enable the Little Falls Public Library
– to make structural changes necessary to allow persons with disabilities to access the library more easily. Thus ensuring that our library is American with Disabilities Act compliant, and
– to expand its digital and technology infrastructure, including improved electrical systems and Wi-Fi access, and to acquire computers, and tablets.
The Little Falls Public Library is a resource for senior citizens, children, teens and the community at large through its offering of a wide variety of cultural and educational programs.
Passage of Public Question #1, the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, would be a “win-win” for our Township and for our Public Library.