Results of library levy election too close to call

Results are too close to call in Tuesday’s special election for a proposed property-tax levy for Sno-Isle Libraries.

The “yes” votes on the measure, which needs a simple majority, were slightly ahead after the second ballot count. A total of 52,320 people, or 50.02 percent, voted to accept the levy while 52,279, or 49.98 percent, cast ballots against it.

Voters in Island and Snohomish counties participated in the special election.

Those who live in Island County were predominantly in favor of the levy, with nearly 62 percent voting yes. The majority of voters in Snohomish County, however, cast ballots against it; nearly 53 percent voted against it and 47 percent voted for it.

The ballot measure, if passed, would add 9 cents to the current library property tax levy. If it does pass, the levy rate in 2019 would be 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.

If the measure doesn’t pass, the existing levy would continue. Library officials, however, said the revenue wouldn’t meet the rising costs of maintaining services and the budget would be reduced starting in 2019.

More in News

Man facing prison for sexual assault

A former South Whidbey man faces a prison term for sexually assaulting… Continue reading

Nortier leaving Island Transit

Executive director deboarding bus system next month

Crumpled napkin discovered in shoe | Island Scanner

The following items were selected from reports made to the Island County… Continue reading

Rapist sent to prison

An Oak Harbor woman who was chased by a man with a… Continue reading

Girl Scouts make emergency kits

South Whidbey just got better prepared for an emergency. On Aug. 29,… Continue reading

Whidbey Island Grown Week spotlights Maxwelton Valley

Annual tour features farms, produce, wine, spirits

Settlement reached with former police chief

Marks to receive $80,000, resigned Sept. 7

Getting ex-cidered!

Cider Festival features food, fun and Muscle and Arm Farm

Musical tributes to honor DjangoFest founder

‘Forever and ever, this will be Nick Lehr’s festival’

Most Read