* Race percentages are calculated with data from the Secretary of State's Office, which omits write-in votes from its calculations when there are too few to affect the outcome. The Spokane County Auditor's Office may have slightly different percentages than are reflected here because its figures include any write-in votes.
About The Measure
The Board of County Commissioners of Spokane County, Washington, adopted Resolution No. 15-0219, concerning a proposition to finance new and expanded libraries. This proposition would authorize the construction of a new Spokane Valley Library, new Veradale/Greenacres Library, the repurposing of the existing Spokane Valley Library and the expansion of the Argonne Library in order to increase the available library services; issue general obligation bonds maturing over 20 years in the amount of $22,000,000; and levy annual excess property taxes to pay such bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 15-0219.
Supporters of a new Spokane Valley library are weighing their options after failing again to capture the needed supermajority for a $22 million bond issue. Among the possibilities, library officials say, is tightening the boundaries of the areas that would vote on and pay for the tax increase needed for a new Spokane Valley library branch on Sprague Avenue across from the old U-City Mall and updating other existing library facilities.
Once in a while, a family struggling to put gifts under the tree turns to the library. “Over the years, from time to time, we’ve had people come in at Christmastime and ask for a card for their child because they didn’t have much to give them,” said Pat Davis, a library supervisor with Spokane County Library District. “It gives you a little tug at the heart that people are in that position.”