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Northeast Mississippi county considers library renovation

November 23, 2019

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) — Officials in northeast Mississippi’s largest county are again considering whether taxpayers should pay to improve the county’s library.

Lee County Library Director Jeff Tomlinson is pitching three different options to renovate or expand the library building in Tupelo.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal reports previous efforts were turned down in 2008 and 2012.

Tomlinson tells supervisors repairs and updates would cost $4.4 million. That, plus expanding the children’s department, would cost $6.3 million. A more ambitious two-story addition would cost $8.8 million. Tomlinson says library officials can’t plan without a budget.

Supervisors say they’ll wait on deciding until a new board member takes office in January. Two supervisors say they fear projected costs are too high. The plans could require a property tax increase or contributions from Tupelo city government.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com