Posted on August 14, 2019 at 6:00 am
The trustees, staff, and volunteers of the Spokane County Library District thank you for approving the ballot measure to restore our levy rate. In the August 6 primary election, 32,855 voters said yes to the maintenance and operations proposition with a 54.99% approval rate.
This approval allows the Library District to maintain our current level of services, increase our digital collection to keep up with demand, expand mobile services, and increase safety and security in our facilities.
The restored levy will return the Library’s levy rate to its maximum legal amount of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, a 7 cent increase. The restored levy takes effect in 2020.
While enduring to be good stewards of the public dollar, the District will continue to provide our popular programs and events such as Camp Read-a-Rama, the annual Writer’s Conference, Lego Clubs, the Library of Things, and more. Thanks to voter investment, the Library District will remain responsive to the community in providing the resources to support residents’ interests and educational growth.
Restoring funding is great news for our communities, and the important services the Library District provides will continue. Look for the Library to be reporting out on how we’re putting the levy dollars to work in the coming years.
It is with great appreciation to voters for your faith in your public library that allows us to continue providing resources, experiences, and places that empower people to learn, explore, and succeed!