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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

On Nov. 3, Waterloo voters will decide whether to cast their ballots to help maintain the Grout Museum.

Supporters are saying property owners won't have to pay much to approve the levy.

"I think it's just very important for us to preserve our history," Grout Museum Co-Chair, Cindy Wells said.

"Each $100,000 of your house that's valued, it's $15.05. which is basically $1.25 a month. If you you think about that, or even if you have a $200,00 house, $2.50 isn't much to support the Grout," Wells said.

Museum Visitor Dana Atwood-Blaine said it's a small price to pay to protect the Cedar Valley's Rich History.

"I think people in Waterloo should vote for it. I think supporting this institution is well worth it for the community, and it's a very valuable resource to the community, and it'll bring people outside in, as well," Dana said.

Due to limited funding, Grout Museum organizers say they've had to close the Snowden and Russel Buildings. Now, they're only open by appointment.

"We need to have all these facilities for people and their grand kids, for their visitors who come into town. It's just important for Waterloo," Wells said.

Fifty-four percent of Waterloo voters denied the Grout Levy back in 2013.

So this time, supporters say they're going door-to-door to educate the public about the museum.

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