Olmsted County Board Raises Concerns About Library Plan
Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Supporters of a plan to expand and upgrade the Rochester Public Library had some cold water thrown onto the proposal Tuesday.
The $55 million plan was presented to the Olmsted County Board and it was given a lukewarm response.
The County Board is being asked to contribute $6.3 million and some commissioners expressed concern about the impact that would have on property taxes.
Under the proposal, the county’s share would be collected from property owners located outside Rochester because the City Council is already considering a $35 million contribution towards the project.
Commissioner Sheila Kiscaden told the supporters the board needs to balance all its priorities, including affordable housing and various services.
Like the city, the county would likely use bonding to cover its share, which would raise the overall cost.
The proposal was discussed during the board’s committee meeting and no formal vote was taken. The City Council indicated earlier it would consider the request but it did not take a formal vote.
Supporters are also seeking $10.6 million in DMC funds. The rest would come from fundraising.