Northwest NEWS

February 18, 2002

Local News

Library support strong throughout county

by Jeanette Knutson
   Staff Writer
   Not only did levy support run high for school measures, voters also approved a tax increase to sustain the King County Library System.
   And King County Library System employees are glad for it.
   Said Don Julien, "Speaking as manager of the Woodinville Library and an employee of the King County Library System, I'm thrilled by the indication of support from our patrons. It says we're doing something right, and we like to stay on top of what the public likes. ... We're pleased and gratified with the results."
   Julien said the library district really didn't have time to wage a pro-library campaign per se. Also, they wanted to have a true indication of what the community thought, he said.
   "The passage of Proposition I," said Julie Wallace, King County Library System community relations manager, "validates the good work that the King County Library System is doing in all the communities we serve and really is a barometer of the value that people place on library services in their community. We would like to thank all the voters from King County for their support and will continue to be the best library system in the nation."
   The measure will provide continued funding for the normal operation and maintenance of the King County library system. It will allow for the preservation of the current level of services, programs, resources, and building maintenance and repair of all 42 community libraries.
   The proposition restores the library district's 2002 levy rate to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to be collected in 2003. The measure was necessary because Initiative 747 limited total property tax increases to 1 percent unless voters approved more.
   King County Library District
   Proposition No. 1
   Approved 121,610 64.04%
   Rejected 68,284 35.96%