Kuna Library bond would boost space for books, staff, patrons

The Kuna library would expand if it passes a bond measure May 17.
The Kuna library would expand if it passes a bond measure May 17. Nishant Mohan

Kuna Library District voters will decide May 17 on a bond to pay for renovation and expansion of the Kuna Library.

The $3.9 million bond may sound like a lot, said Kuna Library Director Anne Hankins, but would cost less than $15 per year for most households.

“Everything we hand out to inform people of the bond has the cost on it to show voters how little it will increase their taxes,” said Library Board Chair Bobby Sailer.

The board estimates taxes on a residence with a taxable value of $100,000 would increase by $1.24 per month.

Sailer said this is a good time for a new bond. The proposed bond and the original 20-year bond, which will be paid off in 2018, would overlap by just two years.

“I’ve been on the board since before this building existed,” Sailer said. “When the architect told us the building was designed to be able to be expanded, I thought, ‘What is he talking about? This should be fine.’”

She said the building started with 7,000 items, and now houses over 84,000.

In addition to space for books, Hankins said the library needs space for its staff and customers.

Sailer said young adults are difficult to attract, and require a separate space from adults and younger children.

The proposed bond is for 10 years. Having a shorter term lets officials re-evaluate their needs more quickly and avoid paying for irrelevant services.

“Five years ago, we would’ve put a whole bank of computers in,” Sailer said. “But now more people using computers are bringing their own laptops and just use the library as a quiet place to work.”

Meeting on the library bond

The Kuna Library Board hosts an information session about the bond measure at 7 p.m. May 10 at the library, 457 N. Locust.