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.
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.
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.
All registered Camano Island voters will be eligible to cast ballots.
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.
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.
If approved, the project budget will be $2.3 million.
Ten years. Property tax collection for the library project would begin in 2014.
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.
A library capital bond would pay for property, permits and impact fees, architectural redesign, reconfiguration and renovation, furnishing, equipment and additional library materials.
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.
If approved, work would begin in mid-2014 and last 9-12 months. The larger library would open in 2015.
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.