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Library bond hovers at 59.5 percent
ARLINGTON Library bond supporters gathered for ice cream at the Local Scoop last Thursday, Nov. 16, although they didnt know if they were celebrating or planning a strategy for another campaign.
More than 59 percent of the voters want a library so you have to give them one, said an experienced election campaigner, Dick Post, namesake of Post Middle School and former superintendent of the Arlington School District. You have to keep trying.
The gathering of more than 30 enjoyed sundaes courtesy of the library campaign, which was funded by donations from supporters.
As of Monday, Nov. 20, there were only 3,000 more votes from across the county left to count, with another report due Tuesday, Nov. 21. The election will be certified Nov. 28.
People are disappointed, said Karen Hobson, a member of the Arlington Library Board. We are thankful for all the help, and were not giving up yet.
Hobson expects the citizens group will call for a recount once the election is certified.
If we want a recount we have to notify the auditor by Dec. 1, Hobson said, noting it would cost about $2,100 to do a recount.
An official from Sno-Isle Library System, Mary Kelly said, assuming the bond fails, she expects the library system will get together with the city of Arlington, which owns the property where the new library is proposed, the Arlington Library Board and the Friends of the Arlington Library as well as the campaign members to discuss a plan for the future.
If the election fails, the library capital facility area dissolves, Kelly said. The library capital facilities area defines the boundaries of who gets to vote for the issue and the current area, which coincides largely with the Arlington School District east of I-5, was defined by a previous ballot several years ago. At that time the proposed library facility area passed, but the proposed library in a new location failed.
When the bond runs again, a new library capital facility area will be on the ballot, Kelly said.
At least one resident of the Lakewood area is glad to hear that.
Ive lived in Arlington for 43 of my 45 years and I cant figure out why I didnt get to vote on that issue, Jeff Danner said. I live three miles from Island Crossing. Im in Lakewood School District, in the 10th Legislative District and in Arlingtons hospital district. They already called me to see if I would support a bond sometime in the future. I just cant figure out why Im not in the library district.
Danner graduated from Arlington High School and uses the Arlington Library regularly.
I feel a bit disenfranchised over here, he said.