In an April 22, 2014 vote, Camano Island residents approved funding of a permanent library on the island through a $2.3 million library capital bond.
When will the new library open its doors?
Work will begin in mid-2014 and last 9-12 months. The library is expected to open by early summer 2015.
Where will the library be located?
The library will be in the former location of Islander's Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., near the interim library.
Will the current library location be closed during work on the new library?
We have been successful in extending the lease on the interim library space through May 2014. Our goal is to negotiate a month-to-month agreement to keep interim library service in that space until the new library opens.
What will be different about a permanent library on Camano Island?
The new 4,900-square-foot library will be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the interim library. The additional footage will 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
What will the cost to property owners?
Search your property tax statement for the assessed value. The cost of the 10-year bond measure is 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 is approximately $22.50 per year.
How long will taxes be collected for the library?
Ten years. Property tax collection for the library will begin in 2015.
How will library bond funds be used?
The library capital bond will pay for property, permits and impact fees, architectural redesign, remodeling, furnishing, equipment and additional library materials.