YES for Libraries!
YES for Libraries is a non-profit organization working to maintain library services in communities across Snohomish and Island counties.

Rick Larsen endorses the YES for Libraries campaign

March 28, 2018

U.S. Representative for Washington State’s 2nd congressional district, Rick Larsen, endorses YES for Libraries, campaigning to restore funding levels to Sno-Isle Libraries by voting yes on the April 24th ballot.

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YMCA of Snohomish County endorses YES for Libraries

March 23, 2018

On March 14th, the YMCA of Snohomish County passed a resolution in support of the YES for Libraries campaign. Read the full text of the resolution below. A resolution of the YMCA of Snohomish County supporting the restoration of the Sno-Isle Libraries Intercounty Rural Library District operations levy. Whereas, the YMCA of Snohomish County and…

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Yes on Library Levy Prop 1

March 18, 2018

From A recent letter to the editor, written by Sally Lider, made a passionate and well-reasoned argument for her community to vote yes on the upcoming library levy proposition. We couldn’t agree more. Thanks for you support and advocacy, Sally.

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Library funding sources

Sno-Isle Libraries receives about 98 percent of its funding for ongoing maintenance and operations from a general property tax levy.

The levy must be approved by voters within the library district in Snohomish and Island counties. The levy applies to all properties in the unincorporated areas of Snohomish and Island counties and properties within cities where voters have approved annexation to the library district. The levy is listed on county property-tax statements and collected by county treasurers in Snohomish and Island counties. The funds are then transferred to Sno-Isle Libraries.In addition to the general library levy, Sno-Isle Libraries receives about 2 percent of its funding for library services from the following sources:

  • Timber excise tax (state and private timber sales)
  • Leasehold excise tax
  • Contract fees
  • Donations, grants
  • Investment interest

Capital projects, such as new or substantially renovated libraries, are paid for by voter-approved bond levies. Funds from bond levies are earmarked for specific capital projects and cannot be used for other purposes.Once the capital-project bonds are paid off, the bond levy ends and is longer assessed.

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