Sno-Isle levy passing by slim margin

Voters were approving a proposed property tax levy by Sno-Isle Libraries on Tuesday.

According to early vote tallies, the measure was passing with just over the 50-percent mark in Island and Snohomish counties.

Library officials said the tax increase was needed to overcome a $2.5 million shortfall.

The proposal would increase the library's levy by 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, raising it from 31 cents to 40 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

For the owner of a $300,000 home, the increase would amount to an additional $27 a year in new property taxes.

In other ballot measures, Island County voters were rejecting Tim Eyman's Initiative 1033, a proposal to cap government revenue, with a 52 percent "no" vote.

It was falling statewide with a 56-percent rejection rate.

Island County voters were also approving Referendum 71, the domestic partners law, with a 53 percent approval vote.

Statewide, it was being approved with a 52 percent "yes" vote.

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