Essential Elements And How Do We Make This Happen, Part II

According to library director, Joe Rector, there are three essential elements that will be incorporated into the new library.

1) Expanded space for children’s programming: It is vital that our library attract children to new materials and technologies, encouraging them to become lifelong learners grounded in the past but firmly focused upon the future.

2) Access to today’s technology and technology yet to be developed: Adult’s re-inventing themselves, adults seeking to stay in touch with family members, job-seekers, students of all ages, and pre-schoolers, need access to devices, information and data for education and recreation.

3) Repository for local heritage materials: Undrstanding the history of Stutsman County and Jamestown is an essential part of our understanding of who we are.

Here are a few quotes on the importance of history.

“I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don’t have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.”   Virginia Woolf

“The history of Jamestown and Stutsman County is a microcosm of the American West.” Keith Norman, On The Phone


Because of the Essential Three, every resident of Jamestown and Stutsman will have access to the best tools for learning and personal growth.

Just as researching, planning, and fine-tuning the new library is a multi-layered and complicated process, so is the process to put an initative to fund the construction of the new library on the ballot in June 2014.

This is the process that gives all voters in Stutsman County the opportunity to vote.

1) A Joint Powers Agreement (JPA) is entered into between the Stutsman County Commission and the Jamestown City Council that shares the power of using a sales tax to fund the new library. The JPA provides that the Stutsman County Commission amend the Stutsman County Home Rule Charter to impose a 1/4% (per-cent) Stutsman County sales tax.

2) The initiative authorizing the 1/4% sale tax is placed on the ballot for a county-wide vote of the people on June 10, 2014.

3) If the sales tax is approved, the County Commission enacts an ordinance authorizing the sales tax for the construction of the new library. The sales tax collection starts on January 1, 2015.The sales tax amounts to $33.75 a year for the average Stutsman County family and generates $688,000 annually according to the ND State Tax Research office.

4) A loan from  the USDA Community Facilities program is obtained to fund the construction of the library. The sales tax is used to repay the USDA loan.

Yes, it is a multi-layered and complicated process. The end result, a new efficient, flexible library serving the residents of Jamestown and Stutsman County, is worth it.

For more details on the new library progress, click on this link:  Capital Campaign Facts

For more details about the current libraries, click on this link: Today’s Libraries

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