Open houses to focus on library funding

Sno-Isle Libraries is hosting three open-house sessions to discuss library budgets and funding.

The events are set for:

  • 2-5 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 26, at the Coupeville Library
  • 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 3, at the Snohomish Library
  • 6-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Mountlake Terrace Library

At the Dec. 11 regular meeting, the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees are scheduled to decide whether to reduce the budget and services for 2019 or place a measure on the ballot in spring 2018 to ask voters to restore the rate of funding and maintain the level of library services and resources.

If library-district trustees decide to place a library funding question on the April, 2018 ballot, the proposition would ask voters to consider restoring 9 cents to the library levy rate for a total rate of 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value beginning in 2019. The previous levy-rate restoration was in 2009.