Brookfield ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ as Voters Say No to Library
Brookfield voters headed to the polls Tuesday to vote on a referendum for a 14.7 million dollar, 35 thousand square foot new Library.
Dozens of supporters gathered at the Brokfield Library Tuesday night awaiting the result of the towns vote. Unfortunately for those on hand, town residents voted down the referendum 2,244 to 1,143. Voter turnout was measured at 30%.
Though the proposal didn't get the vote, supporters of a new library say they will come up with a new revised plan and bring it to voters again.
Many residents who were opposed to a new library had argued the town could not afford a new library and made a proposal for school upgrades instead, however according to newstimes.com the town’s financial adviser thinks that Brookfield can complete both the library and school projects if the town times them properly. Other residents opposed to a new library were concerned they would lose a soccer field located where the Board of Trustees had proposed building the new library.
Brookfield's First Selectman Steve Dunn told newstimes.com that he was not happy the referendum got voted down.
“I’m sorry it failed, the library was a good project and I think it’s something the town could use. I think a lot of people felt they would like the schools done first and not to lose a soccer field. What we're going to have to do is go back to the drawing board.”
So for the time being, even with library officials developing a new proposal, the library project remains on hold, and may never come to fruition. The state grant will expire at the end of the month and it's unlikely Brookfield will earn the grant back again because of limited state funding.
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