Voters again close the book on constructing new library
Residents of North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships have once again said “no” for construction of a new Parkland Community Library on land donated by the Jaindl family along Orefield Road, North Whitehall.
The Nov. 8 referendum question asked voters to raise the existing library tax from 0.10 to 0.28 mills (increasing $18 per $100,000 of assessed value on taxable real estate) within the Parkland School District. For a property assessed at $200,000, the new annual library tax would have been $56, a $36 increase over the present rate.
Construction of the library was defeated 55.80 percent to 44.20 percent, according to unofficial results from the Lehigh County Board of Elections.
Of the total 30,209 votes cast in the 24 districts, 16,858 were against the new library tax; an unofficial 13,351 votes were cast for building the facility.
Residents of Allentown’s 17th Ward 4th District cast an unofficial 599 nay votes. Voters in the 18th Ward 2nd District cast 29 unofficial no votes.
Upper Macungie voters cast an unofficial 6,203 no votes. In South Whitehall, there were an unofficial 5,166 no votes against the new library.
In North Whitehall, an unofficial 4,861 votes were cast against the new library.
Favoring the new library were an unofficial 621 votes in Allentown’s 17th Ward 4th District and 33 votes in Allentown’s 18th Ward 2nd District.
North Whitehall voters cast an unofficial 3,175 yes votes for the library. Voters in South Whitehall cast an unofficial 4,717 votes for building the new facility and Upper Macungie residents cast an unofficial 4,805 votes in favor of the library tax.