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Library bond promises more services to the Valley

SNOQUALMIE - The bookworms of the Valley could be getting a bigger apple to dig into if a King County Library System bond passes next month.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, King County voters will decide whether or not to pay $158 million to add new branches and improve the library system's present 42 branches.

The 20-year bond, also known as Proposition 1, would add an 8 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation increase to property taxes. This would cost a $200,000 homeowner about $16 a year, or a $300,000 homeowner about $24 a year.

"This is our capital budget for the next 10 years," said King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek.

Valley branches in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation and Duvall are all slated to get some sort of improvements if the bond passes.

Libraries would get new and better computers, self-checkout systems, additional volumes to their collections and an advanced system of filing books with the help of radio frequencies.

All Valley cities, with the exception of North Bend, are slated to have their current libraries replaced. In Snoqualmie, a 6,000-square-foot library would be built to replace the present 2,200-square-foot branch on Southeast River Street that has served the city since 1975.

For the complete story, pick up a copy of this week's Valley Record

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