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Camano Island library vote frequently asked questions


What will be on the April 22 ballot?

Registered voters on Camano Island will have the opportunity to decide whether they want to fund a permanent library on the island through a 10-year, $2.3 million library capital bond.

Didn't Camano Island residents recently vote on a library ballot measure?

Yes. On August 6, 2013, voters approved Proposition 1, a taxing district, known officially as the Camano Island Library Capital Facility Area. That action enabled all costs associated with opening a permanent library to be shared among all residents on Camano Island.

The second library ballot measure, Proposition 2, garnered more than 58 percent approval but failed to reach the 60 percent required to pass. That measure asked voters if a $2.3 million bond should be issued to establish a permanent library on Camano Island.

Both ballot measures had to pass in order for work to proceed on a permanent library.

Why is the library bond measure back on the ballot?

The Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees approved placing the bond measure proposition on the April 22 ballot in response to community input received between August and December.

Who can vote?

All registered Camano Island voters will be eligible to cast ballots.

How do I vote?

Camano Island voters will receive a ballot in the mail in early April. The ballots must be filled out and mailed no later than April 22. They may also be returned to a designated ballot drop box or taken to your county elections department by 8 p.m. on Election Day. For more information, click here.

Why are residents being asked to fund a permanent expanded library?

The 1,800-square feet Camano Island Pilot Project Library was established in June 2007 to determine interest in library services on Camano Island. The pilot project will close at the end of April.

How much will a Camano Island Library capital facility project cost?

If approved, the project budget will be $2.3 million.

How long would taxes be collected for the library project?

Ten years. Property tax collection for the library project would begin in 2014.

What would be the cost to property owners?


Search your property tax statement for the assessed value. The estimated costs of a 10-year bond measure would be about 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

For the owner of a home assessed at $250,000, the additional capital bond cost would be approximately $22.50 per year.

How would library bond funds be used?

A library capital bond would pay for property, permits and impact fees, architectural redesign, reconfiguration and renovation, furnishing, equipment and additional library materials.

Where would the proposed library be located?

If approved by voters, the site of the library would be in the former location of Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., next door to the current temporary library.

What would be different about a permanent library on Camano Island?

  1. If approved by voters, the former Islanders Restaurant building would be reconfigured and renovated. A 4,900-square-foot library would open in about a year. It would be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the current temporary library.
  2. The additional footage would provide space for:
    • More popular book and media titles
    • Expanded area to drop off and pick up reserved/hold library materials
    • Library activities for children, such as toddler, infant and preschool story times
    • Quiet study, comfortable seating
    • Additional computers for public use

When would a permanent library open its doors?

If approved, work would begin in mid-2014 and last 9-12 months. The larger library would open in 2015.

Would the current library location be closed during work on the new library?

The current lease is over at the end of April. Sno-Isle Libraries officials are looking at various options for continuing library service on Camano Island while the former Islanders Restaurant is converted to a permanent library.

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