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City Council passes resolution supporting multimillion dollar library and school bonds

The Spokane City Council threw its support Monday behind two propositions which will ask voters in November to fund more than a half-billion dollars in school and library construction.

The five council members present combined the two proposition resolutions, which were sponsored by Councilwoman Candace Mumm, into one item and showed their support through a unanimous vote. Associate Director for Spokane Public Schools Mark Anderson said the school district and library system are working together to promote the two propositions through combined public appearances and media.

If passed by voters, the school district proposition would authorize Spokane Public Schools to issue $495 million in bonds to pay for three new middle schools, renovation or replacement of four existing middle schools and construction on the Joe Albi Stadium. If voters approve the library proposition, the city can issue $77 million in bonds to finance renovations at the downtown, South Hill and Indian Trail branches, expand the Shadle branch and remodel or relocate the Hillyard library. The bonds would also pay for new branches at Liberty Park, the Libby Center and other projects.

Anderson said the school district and libraries are asking voters to reinvest property tax dollars from a tax drop due to the Washington Legislature’s response to a state Supreme Court ruling on education funding.