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Editorial endorsement: Vote for Spokane’s future: Yes on school and library bonds; north bank for the stadium

Spokane voters have an opportunity to transform their community for the better. A trio of local measures – school bonds, library bonds and a stadium referendum – will appear on the Nov. 6 ballot individually, but they are part of a single vision for the future. But that vision only becomes reality if residents vote yes on both bonds and for the north bank stadium site. The three measures grew from collaboration among education, civic and business leaders. Often those disparate parts of the community compete for attention and resources, but this time a unique alliance formed that will utilize tax dollars effectively and efficiently for all of Spokane.

Spokane Valley library backers take stock after bond defeat

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.

Hafner led library bond campaign

The group campaigning for the Spokane County Library District’s bond – which would allow the district to build a 30,000-square-foot library across Sprague Avenue from the site of the new Spokane Valley City Hall – was largely organized by Spokane Valley City Councilman Chuch Hafner. Hafner said the library district approached him and he called 30 to 35 people he knew from his time as a high school principal in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Valley mayor backs library bond

Mayor Dean Grafos has thrown his support behind a $22 million library bond that would pay for two new branches in Spokane Valley and the expansion of a third near Millwood. Grafos, stressing that his personal support doesn’t constitute an official city of Spokane Valley endorsement, urged business leaders this week to consider backing the Spokane County Library District’s bond measure in next month’s special election.

Library hinges on bond vote

Residents in the Spokane Valley area may get to decide as soon as April if a new Spokane Valley Library will be built on the corner of Herald Road and Sprague Avenue. When the Spokane County Library District first approached the city of Spokane Valley about jointly purchasing and developing the land at Sprague and Herald, they anticipated running a countywide construction bond in 2015 to pay for a new library branch. Now the board of trustees is set to approve creating a Library Capital Facilities District in the Spokane Valley area and putting a bond for local projects on the ballot in April.