Construction is set to begin Tuesday on the Cape May County's newest branch in Sea Isle City. The project is expected to cost $5.5 million dollars. According to an article in the Press of Atlantic City,
The construction is part of a plan to build new libraries in two of Cape May County's most affluent municipalities: Sea Isle City and Stone Harbor.
Each of the two municipalities pays about $1.4 million per year in library taxes, for a combined third of the county library system's revenue, Cape May County Library Director Deborah Poillon said Friday.
"They both contribute a good deal of tax dollars to the county library system, and we want to keep them in the system to keep the whole system healthy," Poillon said. "I look at this as an investment."
The decision to build new library branches to replace small buildings in both municipalities came several years after Avalon - the previous highest library-tax contributor — left the county system to build its own library, taking with it a large chunk of revenue.
Officials expect the construction to be completed by June 2011.