It appears that not enough voters are interested in paying for a pair of new libraries and a remodel in the Spokane Valley area.
They were fine, however, with creating a capital facilities district to fund such libraries in the future by 59 percent. That measure, forming the Spokane Valley Library Capital Facility Area, only needed a simple-majority to pass.
Such were the mixed results of Tuesday’s election, as the pro-library campaign of “Yes Yes” didn’t quite hit the intended mark. The first wave of votes counted only reached a 54-percent-approval rate, not enough to hit the required 60-percent supermajority for the $22 million bond measure to pass.
This means that the Spokane County Library District cannot go forward to build a new Spokane Valley Library main branch across from University City and as part of a city of Spokane Valley plan to expand Balfour Park to the west. While that project can go forward, it will be – as of now – without a new library.
It also means that a new library branch for Greenacres on Conklin Road has stalled along with renovations and expansion of the Argonne Library.
It will now be up to the SCLD board of trustees to decide whether or not to try again with a new bond request. Voters also rejected bonds to build a new main Valley library in 2008.
In other news, voters in Newman Lake are overwhelmingly set to build a new fire station at Starr and Moffat roads, passing a $1.1 million bond request by 64 percent.
Voter turnout was just over 28 percent.