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Prop 3 fails by 14 votes

By Bonney Bowman 6:47 PM April 14, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

All the votes for the April 1 election have finally been counted and it came down to just a handful for Proposition 3.

The measure would have meant big bucks for the aging Loussac Library.

It failed by only 14 votes — just .04 percent. It was the only one of the nine propositions that did not pass.

Prop 3 would have funded improvements not only to the library, but also Chester Creek Sports Complex, the Anchorage Golf Course and City Hall.

In all, it would have bonded out more than $5.5 million.

The majority of the bond, $2.75 million, would have gone to the Loussac Library entryway project.

Library Director Mary Jo Torgeson says she’s obviously disappointed by Prop 3′s failure, but that this doesn’t mean the end for the entryway project.

The project would remove the stairs and reframe the first and second floors to provide more visibility and easier access for people with disabilities, among other improvements.

The library already has more than $4 million in funding for the project. The Library Foundation is also working to raise money.

The state Senate signed off on $10 million more. It’s now up to the House and the Gov. Sean Parnell to approve.

The price tag to replace the entryway is estimated at $15 million.

Torgeson says the library is hoping to get a bond passed next year, this time with just the library funding at issue.

Some voters we spoke with said they wanted to fund the library, but didn’t like the other projects covered by the bond so they voted against it.

Official Election Results

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