A business owner knows a good deal when they see one, they also know how to spot a bad deal. Renton business owners realize that joining KCLS means they will see a big increase in their  taxes and in this tough economy that is just not what they need. Just look at our own Downtown community, we have lost so many businesses in the last year.

So, I want to give a big THANKS to all the businesses in Renton who have helped us educate voters on the facts about annexation into the KCLS. You have allowed us to inform more people than you know.

Happy Delusions     

Liberty Cafe

DC’s Bar and Grill          

Common Ground Coffee and Cupcakes

PIP Printing               

The Comic Den

R&R Graphics                  

CD Danza Salon and Spa

Jet City Espresso                

Enjoy Teriyaki

Teriyaki Boxes                   

 Torero’s

Pieces Quilt Shop Inc 

Images Salon

A-1 Vacuum

Lifetime Muffler

Go Deli

Mroczek Brothers Auctioneers

Renton Western Wear

Sewing Machine Service Company

We realize that the pro-annexation campaign has the support of a lot of elected officials and even senators but we have business owners. We have  small business owners, many that are in their shops every day working hard in our community – they know what is best for this community because they are in touch with this community. Don’t be swayed by the names be convinced by the facts.  Vote “NO” on Prop 1 and keep our local library independent.

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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