FRANKLIN, Ind. (AP) -- Voters have rejected a proposed $29.9 million public library in downtown Franklin by a 3 to 1 margin.
The Daily Journal reports about 74% of Johnson County residents who cast ballots Tuesday voted against the library referendum.
A group of taxpayers opposed the 70,000-square-foot project, saying it was too big and too expensive.
The library would have had to borrow $25 million and repay $38.7 million over 20 years. The project would have added about $25 to property taxes on a median-price home.
Citizens Opposed to the Library Project spokesman Kyle Kasting says officials were out of touch with the public.
Johnson County Public Library Director Beverly Martin says in a statement that officials are disappointed and will seek public input for the library's long-range plan.
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