Chas. Co. library staff celebrating passage of tax referendum

Chas. Co. library staff celebrating passage of tax referendum

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The library referendum in Charleston County passed with no problem at all.

Nearly 74% of voters said "yes" to 19 library projects and upgrades.

Staff members were excited to see our local libraries stacked with the latest technology.

Wednesday's press conference was held outside the main library on Calhoun Street because all of the meeting rooms were booked.

County library board chair Janet Segal says the $108.5 million generated from property taxes will help make room for more space across the county.

"We will have five new buildings that will reflect 21st century libraries, plus improvements to all the others," said Segal. 

Two new libraries will be built in areas seeing a lot of growth; one will be in Carolina Park in Mount Pleasant, and the other on Bees Ferry Road in West Ashley.

Charleston County councilman Vic Rawl said, "Without a public service library system, there is no way that our workforce can keep up with the demands of a global economy."

"The people in this area value those amenities and those services that improve the quality of life," said Doug Henderson, Director of Charleston County Public Libraries.

Library officials say they will be working with the county to determine which projects will be done first.

Henderson says once they hire the new architects, they will invite the community in for feedback on all of the designs.