Lake Stevens vote encouraging, next steps under review

The existing Lake Stevens Library (above) is one of the smallest facilities in the Sno-Isle Libraries system and serves the growing Lake Stevens community. A new, larger library is identified as a priority in the library district's 2016-2025 Capital Facilities Plan.

Sno-Isle Libraries officials are reviewing the results of the Feb. 14 Lake Stevens Library election and speaking with community members before deciding on next steps.

“The response from the Lake Stevens community is encouraging,” Executive Director Jonalyn Woolf-Ivory said. “The Library Capital Facility Area ballot measure passed with flying colors. The approval rate for the bond measure is exciting and it came very close to getting the required voter turnout."

The review and discussions began Monday, Feb. 27 with Woolf-Ivory presenting the election results to the Board of Trustees.

“I’m meeting with Lake Stevens Mayor John Spencer on Thursday to discuss the results,” Woolf-Ivory told the trustees. In the coming weeks, she and other library officials will also touch base with members of the Lake Stevens Library Board and the Friends of Lake Stevens Library group.

“A solid foundation of community support for a new library is in place,” Woolf-Ivory said. “It is clear that the Lake Stevens community values library service and the need for a new building continues to be critical.”

The Feb. 14 election included two measures that needed to pass before the library district could move ahead with a proposed new, larger library to serve the Lake Stevens community. Proposition 1 passed with a 69 percent approval, establishing the Lake Stevens Library Capital Facility Area. Proposition 2 received a 66 percent approval, but failed to pass because it was 749 votes shy of the 8,464 ballots cast required for validation.

If a decision is made to go back to the voters, the earliest that could happen is Aug. 1, Woolf-Ivory said.  The deadline for submitting material to the Snohomish County Auditor’s Office for that election is May 12.