MANKATO — Blue Earth County will likely raise its levy about 2 percent to make up for the roughly $500,000 the city of Mankato will no longer be contributing to the local library.
Nothing was finalized, of course, as the board had met for a mere work session, not a regular meeting. But board members seemed enthused at the idea of taking sole ownership of the library.
They talked about renovations to the building and beginning a strategic planning process that would help them better define their mission and more tightly focus on what services it will, or won't, continue to provide.
County Administrator Bob Meyer said they've been hearing that the library may even close because of the city's move.
"One of the things I want to get across," County Administrator Bob Meyer said, "is that the library is going to be there."
Nothing will happen in the near future. Board members, however, discussed giving the library a facelift inside and out, including a remodeling that would turn the north entrance into the main entrance.