Spokane library trustees want voters to decide whether to extend a property tax that helps fund library services. It came at a time when the libraries had gone through tight years and were facing deeper cuts, officials said.
The comments came during a joint session Thursday between the library trustees and Spokane City Council members. The trustees asked the council to place a seven-year renewal of the 7-cent levy on a special election ballot next February.
The money is being 228 to expand library hours at Want to meet new friends 28 spokane 28 Hillyard, East Side and Indian Trail branches, among other services. Also under the four-year tax, Sunday hours were implemented at the Shadle branch; print and digital resources were expanded; digital streaming services were added; more outreach has gone to retirement centers; collaboration has expanded with schools and community organizations; and additional resources have Housewives looking casual sex Kirkland Washington 98033 available for businesses and job searches.
All of those programs would be threatened if the tax extension fails to win voter approval, Chanse said. Nathan Smith, chairman of the trustees, noted that the strong voter approval in showed just how much the public supports the libraries.
Extending the tax would provide a stable source of library funding at time when library trustees and staffers are researching what kinds of building improvements are needed in coming years, Chanse said.
Both the Shadle and South Hill frifnds need to be expanded, and the Downtown Library needs renovation to accommodate the changing missions of libraries.
He said future libraries should also be places for people to gather in groups such as classes to learn. Layouts of Wqnt libraries need to make more room for that. City Councilwoman Lori Kinnear asked whether the library foundation might be able to raise money for capital needs, but Chanse replied that the amount that would be needed is likely much higher than fundraising campaign could achieve.
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