2014 Bond

Bond_Main_VoteFinalIn April 2014, Spokane County Library District will put before the voters a proposal for a $22 million bond to build new library facilities in the Spokane Valley.

Two issues will be on the ballot

  1. Voters will be asked to form a Spokane Valley Library Capital Facility Area (SVLCFA). This allows the voters who live in the area the ability to vote on whether to fund construction of new library facilities in their community. Voters living within the Library District service area and the cities of Spokane Valley, Millwood, or the unincorporated areas of the county, including Central Valley, East Valley, and West Valley School Districts define the SVLCFA.
  2. Voters will also be asked to fund the SVLCFA proposal for  a $22 million bond.

The Library District is seeking approval for $22 million to fund three projects:

  • A new 30,000 sq. ft. Spokane Valley Library on Sprague Avenue near Balfour Park, estimated at $15 million;
  • A 10,000 sq. ft. library on Conklin Road in the Greenacres area, estimated at $5 million; and
  • A 6,000 sq. ft. expansion of the Argonne Library, estimated at $2 million.

Cost to homeowners:

The Spokane County Library District requests a dedicated bond for new Library buildings at a rate of 14¢ per $1000 of assessed property value for 20 years.

  • $100,000 home… approximately $14 in 2014
  • $150,000 home… approximately $21 in 2014

Informational Open Houses

Spokane Valley Library, Wednesday, March 26, 4-7pm
12004 E Main Ave

Conklin Library (to be held at Greenacres Middle School), Tuesday, March 25, 4-7pm
17409 E. Sprague Ave

Argonne Library, Thursday, March 20, 4-7pm
4322 N Argonne Rd

Proposed Timeline

If approved by voters in April of 2014, an architect will be hired to design the new Spokane Valley Library and construction will begin in 2015 with an anticipated opening in summer 2016. Construction of the Conklin Library would come next, followed by the modernization of the Argonne Library. Both the Conklin Library project and the Argonne Library expansion are estimated to be complete in 2017.

The election will be held April 22, 2014.  Ballots will be mailed and voting begins April 4, 2014. Voters wishing to vote on this issue must be registered to vote by March 24, 2014. Residents in Washington State can register to vote online at http://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/myvote/olvr.html

The text of Proposition 1 (as it will appear on the ballot) is available here

The text of Proposition 2 (as it will appear on the ballot) is available here

Full text of Resolution 1130 passed by Spokane County Commissioners is available here

Full text of Resolution 1131 passed by Spokane County Commissioners is available here