SHIRLEY, N.Y. — Voters have rejected a proposal to build what was called Long Island’s most expensive library.

In a 2,396 to 1,580 vote Wednesday night, residents decided against constructing a new 50,000-sq. foot (4,645-sq. meter) facility for the Mastic-Moriches-Shirley Library. Newsday reports a $33.5 million bond referendum — in addition to $5 million in cash reserves — would have paid for the energy-efficient building.

Library board President James Mazzarrella says the board is disappointed that the vote was not successful, and that officials will continue to work with the community to resolve infrastructure issues.

Bond opponents said they preferred keeping a new library closer to the existing location, either through renovation or building a new facility at a vacant bowling alley next to the current library.

Information from: Newsday,

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