Are we voting for a new tax and what will it cost?
No, this is not a new tax. This vote restores .4 cents in funding, returning the library tax rate to .50 cents per $1000 of assessed property value.
Why does the library need to restore its levy rate?
The Library’s tax levy rate has dropped causing the library’s budget to lose pace with operational costs. As a result, levy restoration is needed to sustain library services.
What will happen if the levy rate is not restored?
For 2019, large cuts to open hours, staffing, materials and/or public programs will occur.
What do I get for my money?
Award-winning library services and dedicated staff in 14 countywide locations providing programs for all ages, books, movies, music, eBooks, Internet and Wi-Fi hotspots, online products, computer instruction, Robotics, Internet Safety, literacy, programs to schools, services to daycares, senior facilities, homebound residents, and so much more!
WCL services are popular!
WCL loaned 163,467 books, movies and music 33% more than state average*
WCL children/ teen programs drew 23,475 attendees 68% above state average*
WCL adult program attendance was 15,471 83% above average*
*When compared with WA State libraries of similar population.
If approved, what will the levy lid lift cost the average taxpayer?
The owner of a $150,000 home will increase approximately $6 per year, with the overall tax rising from $69 to $75. Farmland will increase from 0-.5 cents per acre.
Will this levy fund The Center or branch library renovations?
No. This levy funds services and operations. The Center at Colfax Library, along with upgrades to other branches were funded through grants, donations, and volunteers.
How much will the levy add and what will it provide?
The levy should add about $90,000 to the annual budget. That would cover 2-3 branch locations, 20% of the staff, or all of the library materials, catalog and Internet access.
Who will vote?
All residents living within the unincorporated Whitman County and within the cities of Albion, Colfax, Endicott, Farmington, Garfield, Lacrosse, Lamont, Malden, Oakesdale, Palouse, St. John and Tekoa will vote. (Towns not voting but paying the same rate through contract fees are; Colton, Rosalia, Uniontown.)
For more information, contact Kristie Kirkpatrick, WCL Director at 509-397-4366.