H-ATASCADERO

Feb 14, 2013 12:18 AM by Jeanette Trompeter

Atascadero wraps up funding to start construction of new library

Construction of the new Atascadero Library can get underway with a nice boost from the City Council last night. The council appropriated $30,000 toward the project. The money will go help the Friends of the Library keep construction on schedule for the Centennial.

In December of 2010, the County purchased a new library facility at 6555 Capistrano Avenue. The purchase, construction and furnishing of the new library facility is anticipated to cost about $5.7 million dollars. The County's policy with regard to any large library project requires that half of the project funding must come from the local community. The Friends of the Atascadero Library have served as that community connection, actively raising funds for the new library project.

In December 2010, the City of Atascadero contributed $254,750, a combination of impact fees and other funds that had been set aside for library expansion, toward the new facility. The County had given the Friends a deadline of December 2012 to finish raising the full local share; and in November 2012, Council authorized an additional $20,430 in funds that had accumulated in the Library Expansion Facilities Fees Fund. The city now says all of the funds are now in place to construct the Library.

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