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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty County libraries could soon be approved for Millions of dollars in renovation projects.
On Monday county leaders took state representatives to the Tallulah Massey, Westtown, Northwest and Central branches to assess requests for capital improvements.

"I was very impressed with what they were doing as far as the renovation and the services and the opening up some libraries that had been closed," said Georgia State Representative Gerald Greene.

State representative Gerald Greene asked to visit the local branches after county leaders submitted two separate renovation requests for $2 million- one for the Central branch and the other for the Northwest branch.

"Fortunately, citizens have voted in SPLOST 5 and SPLOST 6 for library improvement, and that's the thing that we're implementing now, is improvements to the libraries so they'll be good for the next 15-20 years," said County Administrator Richard Crowdis.  

Representatives Winfred Dukes, Carol Fullerton were also on the tour with the Library Board of Trustees and commissioners.  

"You know, it's just so important for learning.  And a society that is well educated is a society that's going to make changes, and they'll be positive changes," said State Representative Gerald Greene.

The county requested $2 Million for improvements to the Northwest Library, which include roof repair and renovation to 11,000 square-feet that's currently being used for storage. A separate request was submitted for exterior renovation to the Central library.

"Basically, they're competing against each other.  So we're still fine tuning that request," said County Administrator Richard Crowdis.

But $500,000 in SPLOST six money for the Northwest Branch could help secure a state funds the county missed out on last year.

"The state likes to see you put up your own money.  Of course we're gonna make them, hopefully, an offer they can't refuse," said Greene.

That means more study rooms and resources could soon be available.

Greene says representatives hope to get the General Assembly to approve the funding during the upcoming session that starts in January. Crowdis says the county will fine tune the requests over the next thirty days and have placed a priority on the Northwest Branch.

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