December 1, 2020

Washington: Port Townsend Voters Reject Library Bond By a Landslide

From the Peninsula Daily News:

Voters soundly defeated a $3 million bond measure to fund Port Townsend Library renovations.

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The measure, which required a 60 percent supermajority for approval, received the reverse in Tuesday night’s ballot count — 2,206, or 61.31 percent, voting no, and 1,392, or 38.69 percent, in favor of the proposed bond.

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The estimated tax cost was 14 cents per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. For an owner of a $200,000 home, the tax would be $28 per year.

The money was earmarked for a $4.3 million project to build a new, two-story addition in place of one constructed in 1990. The addition would create space for collections and have a top-floor community meeting place.

he library has been located in the Mountain View Campus, 1919 Blaine St., since March 2012 when it vacated the Carnegie location to accommodate a seismic retrofit.

The library stayed in its temporary location beyond the expected eight months when expansion advocates sought to find funding for the full renovation with the bond issue.

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Now that the measure is defeated, the city will work on a plan for the future of the library, according to City Manager David Timmons. 

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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