Camano Island voters can expect ballots in mail to decide on permanent library

Registered voters on Camano Island will determine if the current Camano Island Library Pilot Project will be replaced by a permanent library when they cast their votes this month. Voters will receive their ballots in the mail in early April from the Island County Elections Office. Information on Proposition 1, the Camano Island Library bond measure, can be found online in the Island County Online Voters’ Guide or visit www.sno-isle.org/camanovote for FAQs and more details.

Proposition 1 will ask Camano Island voters whether they are willing to fund a 10-year, $2.3 million library bond measure that would result in a permanent library for their community. If approved, the library would be in the former location of Islanders Restaurant at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., next to the current temporary library. The cost to the owner of a home assessed at $250,000 would be an estimated $22.50 per year for 10 years, based on a rate of approximately 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Last August, voters approved a taxing district to support a permanent library, but failed to approve the levy. The Sno-Isle Libraries' Camano Island Library Pilot Project will close at the end of April.

Signed and completed mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday, April 22 to be counted. Ballots may also be dropped off at the Island County Camano Annex, at 121 N East Camano Drive, by 8 p.m., April 22.