Sno-Isle levy passing by slim margin
November 3, 2009 · 8:26 PM
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.