ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- When a new library for St. George was announced last October, county commissioners expected everyone to welcome the news with open arms.
But that didn't happen. Some people are questioning if the funding scheme the county has in place for the new library passes legal muster.
A bond was passed three years ago for the "remodeling and expanding of the main county library in St. George." But county officials say now they can give citizens a new library at NO additional costs.
Since the bond language called for remodeling and expanding the library -- not building a new structure -- some citizens wondered if the change was legal.
The county attorney's office researched it, and retained an outside counsel for its opinion. Both say using the bond money is legal.
With the legal questions answered, the county plans to break ground soon for the new library. It's estimated to cost about five (M) million dollars.
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