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Library District “de-annexation” on Spokane Valley agenda

The Spokane Valley City Council will listen to a presentation by city legal staff on how Spokane Valley could possibly leave the Spokane County Library District at its meeting on Tuesday. 

The Spokane County Library District tried twice to pass a bond that would pay for new libraries in Spokane Valley. As part of that process, SCLD purchased land located across the street from the new Spokane Valley city hall on Sprague Avenue from the city, on the condition that the land could go back to the city for the same price, if the bond didn't pass.

SCLD has made it very clear that it's not pursuing another bond and it wants to return the land to Spokane Valley as soon as possible, or sooner than what was originally planned. 

In September, when this issue was last discusses in a council meeting, a unanimous city council encouraged SCLD to "not give up" and offered "to help in any way possible" with the construction of a new library at the Sprague Avenue site. 

Spokane Valley residents voted to join SCLD in 2006, after the city incorporated, and a potential de-annexation would have to be put out to a vote as well. 

SCLD staff will be at the council meeting on Tuesday but had no comment today. 


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