A day after Tiverton voters approved the by 53.9 percent, Library Building Committee Chairman Lee Hoyer spoke to the plans going forward.
Reached by phone Wednesday morning, Hoyer said he was very pleased Question 1 passed, and that their capital campaign is just over 60 percent toward its $2.5 million goal. Library supporters recently announced their latest donation of $25,000 coming from Amica Insurance.
"It's always a challenge to pass a bond referendum because it commits the town, but the voters saw the value of the library as so great, they passed the vote," Hoyer said. "This is a culmination of work over the past decade of many people."
He said the committee will be working with the architects on final details and design plans of the building. During this time, Hoyer said the committee plans to work closely with the town. The completion of the construction drawings, as well as he assurance of all the necessary funding, are the final two factors to the town's application with the State Office of Library and Information Services.
"If they are satisfied, they will sign the contract for reimbursement on construction," Hoyer added.
Tiverton voters also approved the on Tuesday. The official numbers came in later Tuesday night, including all mailings. The town saw nearly a 38 percent turnout in its 2011 special election out of 11,889 registered voters.
Final figures are in a chart at the bottom of this post.
Reached late Tuesday night, Jeff Caron and Nancy Driggs, former co-chairpersons of the Financial Town Meeting Changes Advisory Committee, beamed with elation the financial town referendum (FTR) proposal passed by a 2-to-1 margin.
"The taxpayers have spoken," Caron said.
"I just felt during this whole process that we were on our trajectory," Driggs added.
Caron said the new process will be kicking off in January and said it would be "prudent" for local government to start organizing its fiscal 2012 budgetary numbers.Question 1: $7 million library bond Vote % Approve 2416 53.9 Reject 2066 46.09
Question 2: Replace financial town meeting with referendum Vote % Approve 2996 67.66 Reject 1482 33.46
Some election notes
The polling precincts of (3308) and the (3302) saw the highest ballot return at 1,582 and 1,516, respectively. The church precinct saw the biggest difference in the Question 1 vote (872 approve, 706 reject), and the VFW had the largest gap with Question 2 vote (1,061 approve, 452 reject).