Voters reject bonds to fund new libraries, pools in Meridian

The bond would have paid for two new libraries.

MERIDIAN - Voters in Meridian have denied two multi-million dollar bond requests on Tuesday.

The bonds totaling $32 million would have funded the construction of two new library branches and two new community pools. Each bond required a two-thirds majority to pass.

As of early Wednesday morning, the $20 million Western Recreation District bond was approved by 51 percent of voters.

The $12 million Meridian library bond was approved by 59 percent of voters.

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Both were well short of the 66.7 percent necessary to pass.

One pool and one library are part of a plan to create a multi-use complex attached to the existing Hillsdale Elementary School in south Meridian. Plans are already underway to construct a YMCA and a city park on the site next year.

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The other pool and library were to be built in north Meridian.

This is the second consecutive year that Meridian voters have shot down a proposed library bond. The city currently has just one library branch.

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