Manitou Springs Library will now be part of the Pikes Peak Library District, thanks to a vote of residents that approved a property tax increase to make it happen.
The increase, 1.2 mills in Manitou Springs, will generate $240,000 in 2013, and allow the library to join PPLD and its 14 facilities serving El Paso County.
“With the passage of this issue, we have literally made history together,” said PPLD Executive Director Paula Miller. “We are excited to welcome Manitou Springs into the Pikes Peak Library District. This will provide better and more consistent library service for all residents within both of our service areas.”
The Manitou library was among proposed budget cuts in the city before residents petition to place the issue on the ballot. Now the library will not only continue, but expand its services.
“This merger into such a progressive, nationally recognized library district allows us to not only provide an abundance of additional library services to the Manitou Springs community, but to keep those services in place for many years to come. This ballot initiative has always been about sustainable library services in Manitou Springs, and the citizens recognized and showed their support with a favorable outcome.”
The transition will be official in 2013, but PPLD will start issuing cards to Manitou Springs library patrons who want to use PPLD services. Manitou patrons will still need their MSPL cards to check out materials at the Manitou location until the end of the year.
PPLD will complete its migration of patron data by Jan. 1, and then MSPL patrons can use the PPLD card there as well.