Education

If voters agree to pay for new north Meridian library, the land will come free

Taxpayers won’t be asked to pay for the land for a new library in north Meridian, if the structure is approved by voters in a November construction bond.

David Turnbull, CEO of Brighton Corporation and his wife Kristin along with Orville and Heidi Thompson, co-owers of Scentsy, say they will make the land available at Black Cat Road and Chinden Boulevard.

Their vision is for a shared-used community space that could also include a Treasure Valley Family YMCA and a Western Ada Recreation District pool operated by the YMCA, library officials say.

The library is proposing a 15,000-square-foot library with a space for teens, book collections, wifi and meeting rooms.

Initially, Thompson told the Idaho Statesman that making land available for the north Meridian Library was contingent upon voters approving a $20 million bond for two Meridian pools, one of which would go in north Meridian.

The north Meridian library is one of two in a $12 million library bond that goes to voters next month.

A second library is planned near Amity and Eagle roads in a complex that is expected to include a YMCA and a pool. Hillsdale Elementary School, part of West Ada School District, is also part of the complex and opened in August. Land for the south Meridian library is also donated.

The bond requires a two-thirds majority and would increase home owners property taxes by $11.05 per $100,000 of taxable land value per year.

[Voter Guide: Learn about this bond issue and other local measures]

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