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


New Lakewood Smokey Point Library

December 15, 2017

Sno-Isle Libraries is opening a new library in the Lakewood/Smokey Point area in January. Read the article from the Sno-Isle Libraries website: A new library is coming to Lakewood/Smokey Point Lakewood/Smokey Point Library will open its doors for the first time on Jan. 6, 2018, following a 9:30 a.m. celebration. The library will normally be…

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A Promise Kept

December 20, 2017

We all remember 2009. Times were tough and about to get tougher. It is in such times that public institutions such as Sno-Isle Libraries are revealed as the bedrock they are for a free and informed society. In 2009, the officials at Sno-Isle Libraries made a promise: “If you vote ‘yes’ on levy measure and…

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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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