Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- When you head to the polls next month, selecting a mayor and council members will not be the only thing on the ballot in Richland County.
The Richland Library wants your vote to raise property taxes to help expand and renovate spaces.
New Richland County resident Linda Hill says the local libraries have more to offer than facilities she visited in other parts of the state. She sees supporting the library's efforts as a good thing.
"Reading and everything is so important for them to excel in school, so I think it would be an excellent opportunity to participate and give back to something that's growing," said Hill.
Richland county voters will have an opportunity to approve a $59 million bond referendum to make updates and improvements to facilities. The money will touch every branch, with renovations and changes to make the spaces more flexible for different purposes.
"They can go to their local facility and actually use that space as an employment resource, but then after school and in the evenings it could become a learning lab for teens and other students to actually work on homework help, so it would be a dual purpose space," said Padgett Mozingo with Richland Library.
She says with more people using the library, they are also looking to adapt to what their patrons need. That includes using possible bond money to build new spaces for the growing Sandhills and Ballentine locations, adding features like covered book returns, and improving technology.
Their goals are based on a 2007 capitol needs plan. You can see more of that plan here.
"We're in this for the long haul, we're looking at what's going to be adequate 20 years down the road so we want to make sure what we do it flexible and adaptable to the way people use their libraries," said Mozingo.
The library says it has not had a bond referendum in 24 years, since 1989, and for some library users, now could be the time to invest in its future.
"I do think it's worth, putting, in general, putting resources toward what the library does," said Tyler Trotter.
"I think it would be an excellent thing to do," said Hill.
If you own a $100,000 home, the library estimates the maximum impact could be about $12 to $14 more each year on your property taxes.
That vote will take place on November 5.