Dodgeville residents approve new public library in Tuesday's referendum

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DODGEVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) -- City of Dodgeville residents have voted in favor of building a new public library during Wisconsin's primary elections Tuesday.

A rendering of the proposed Dodgevile Public Library (Source: City of Dodgeville)

According to the Feb. 18 referendum, the new Dodgeville Public Library cannot exceed costs of $7 million.

Backers of the project say that a new building is necessary because the city's population has outgrown the current building, constructed in 1988 at 139 S. Iowa St.

Dodgeville Library Director Vicky Stangel was thrilled after she learned the referendum had passed.

"I have spent all day trying to figure out what I would do if it didn’t. And I’m just ecstatic, we are—we so need this space. And it’s amazing. I can’t believe we pulled it off, it’s been so much hard work but it’s wonderful," Stangel says.

Stangel says the Dodgeville City Council will now have to vote to give final approval to the new library.

The City says that if the building costs $7 million, the impact to taxpayers is expected to be $0.37 per day per $100,000 of assessed value to your home.

According to a 2014 building assignment, a city about the size of Dodgeville's should have a library about 21,000 square feet. The current building on Iowa Street is about 6,700 square feet, made for a city about 4,000 people, according to the City.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Dodgeville Public library project and see renderings of the proposed building.

A rendering map of the proposed library.
An aerial rendering of the proposed public library.