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Campaign begins for new library

ARLINGTON The bond campaign for a new Arlington Library is gearing up for May.
At the Feb. 7 meeting of the citizens committee for a new Arlington Library, community members reviewed their goals and their progress, and discussed how they should proceed this time.
Treasurer Karen Highum reported that the groups war chest is already more than $4,000, while chairman George Boulton reminded attendees that ballots for the library bond will be mailed out at the start of May, in time for the May 20 election on the library bond.
Boulton reiterated that the $8.8 million bond would cost $0.14 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $42 per year for a $300,000 home. He noted that, while this is a 20-year bond, such bonds are typically paid off in less time, before adding that the more immediate time issue is the less than 10 weeks left before the library bond election.
We wont be able to go to as many barbecues and picnics as last time, Boulton said. Yes, well be able to meet with some of the service clubs, but were doing this during the spring rather than the summer.
Kathy Bullene, branch manager of the Arlington Library, clarified what she can and cant do on behalf of the bond campaign.
I can talk to people about it and give them details about it, but I cant tell them to vote for it, Bullene said. I can print out fliers on my own time, outside of the library and if people say they want to help, I can hand them informational materials, but the Sno-Isle system cant promote this campaign.
As the group chose volunteers to conduct fundraising and promotional campaigns, Boulton invited Dale Duskin to share his experiences with the Cascade Valley Hospital bond, to learn from this success.
You can have heart, but without your head, you will fail, Duskin said. You need to identify how many yes votes you need and how many you already have. If somebody says no, dont bug them any further, because you wont get their votes. When you identify your yes votes, make sure they keep their promises to vote. Our phone banks practically hounded our yes voters, but they voted. I know we can make this happen. Its like eating an elephant; you do it one bite at a time.
The next meeting of the citizens committee for a new Arlington Library will take place Feb. 21 at 6 p.m. in the Local Scoop.

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