Armington, Hopedale and surrounding township voters can expect to see the Hopedale Library Referendum on their ballot. If it passes, it will become the first library district for the village.
However, this can also mean an increase in property taxes for those villages and townships. For example, a home valued at $125,000 the property taxes would go up by about $100 a year.
Hopedale did have a small library that was located at Village Hall, but it closed last year.
“We are a little bit concerned that we are the only town of the 8 communities linked to the school district along with Armington, so two towns that aren’t served with a public library. We think now that this library board has basically shut down, this is a great opportunity for the folks to establish one that would be sustainable,” said Mark F. Rossi, Hopedale Area District Library Committee.
Rossi also added that the library would offer free internet access for those who can’t afford it and it can also provide a new place for the community to meet.