Come February when Renton voters are casting votes for Proposition 1 and deciding whether or not to annex to the King County Library System those already in the KCLS service area will be voting on their own version of Proposition 1. It is important for Renton voters to understand that the later Prop 1 will have an impact on their property taxes in the future.

For those already in the KCLS service area voting “yes” on Proposition 1 means that their property taxes will be raised for one year to help provide the proper funding for  KCLS to function at its current level of service. This means that for 2011 the property tax levy will rise from $0.46 to $0.50 per $1,000 of Assessed Valuation. For a $300,000 home it works out to be about $12 more per year, not a huge increase but for some it could be considered taxation without representation – especially those individuals who don’t use the library.

According to KCLS if their Proposition 1 does not pass they will have to make cuts to services, staff, materials and facility maintenance. Sound familiar? It should, supporters of annexation to KCLS sight these very same outcomes for the Renton Public Library.

If the other Proposition 1 does not pass but Renton voters decide to annex to KCLS what does that mean for the future of our library? That yet remains to be seen. This is just another good example of why this is not the right time for the Renton Public Library to annex to KCLS. But it is the right time to give the City of Renton and it’s City Council, Renton voters, Friends of the Library and other community organizations the chance to change the Renton Public Library for the better before we hand it off to KCLS for good.

Vote “NO” on Prop 1

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The Vote Knower’s have created this awesome flyer for library supporters to put in their car windows. Unfortunately, the internet does not take kindly to Word documents so I can not link it here on the blog. However, if you would like to show your support around town for the Renton Public Library just contact me below and I will send one your way.

The future of the Renton Public Library depends on us spreading the word about remaining independent and we need all the support we can get.