King County Library System annexation of Enumclaw Library extends lead | Election Results

Enumclaw  voters will decide April 17 whether to allow the King County Library System to annex the city library.  - Dennis Box, Courier-Herald
Enumclaw voters will decide April 17 whether to allow the King County Library System to annex the city library.
— image credit: Dennis Box, Courier-Herald

The pro-library annexation proposition on the special election ballot increased its lead to 34 votes Monday after bouncing between a 22 vote lead to as low as 14.

On election night, April 17,  Proposition No. 1 – asking if the King County Library System should annex the Enumclaw library – was leading by a slim 22 votes.

The margin dropped to 14 the following day, then moved to 25 in support of annexation by Thursday.

The final  posting of numbers by King County Elections Friday showed the lead for annexation increasing to 31. There were 1,194 yes votes, or 50.66 percent, and 1,163 no votes, 49.34 percent.

Monday the results were 1200 for the annexation and 1166 against, 50.72 percent to 49.28 percent.

The final results will be posted Friday, April 27, when the canvassing board certifies the election.

According to Resolution 1445, the King County Library System will take over operation of the Enumclaw Library June 1 if the measure passes.

Current Enumclaw Library card holders will be able to get a KCLS card as will all city residents.

If the  proposition passes, residents will begin paying the KCLS levy in 2013. According to the city, the KCLS levy is a maximum of 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. A home worth $250,000 would pay $125 for 2013.

Currently the library is open 36 hours a week and is funded by the city from a one-time allocation from the general fund.

The city supported the library to the tune of $631,000 in 2009, dropping the allocation to $350,000 in 2012. The city cited the effects of the recession as the reason the funding was cut.

The Enumclaw City Council approved a resolution March 12 stating the city’s property tax levy rate would not be reduced if Proposition No. 1 passed.

KCLS has agreed to offer jobs to the Enumclaw library staff. It also agreed to keep the historical material relating to Enumclaw at the city library.

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