We must support the Pierce County Library System

Our libraries have done all they can to cut costs. It’s our turn to support them.

Like many of you and as a local businessperson, I am all about my family living within our means. As a member of Pierce County Library System’s Community Advisory Committee, I was skeptical in looking at a potential property tax increase. Committee members asked the Library many questions. We were incredibly impressed with how the Library System had cut and saved during the past decade to make ends meet to serve the 600,000 people in its service area.

The committee questioned why the Library System had not already asked voters to restore funding. We unanimously told library leaders that they must ask voters to restore funding and stop cutting. It has been 12 years since voters were asked to support a levy for the Library.

Proposition 1 restores books and much more. The library levy keeps all 20 libraries open, supports 1.5 million books, e-books and other materials, and funds classes and events. Without the restored levy, the Library will have fewer hours, books, and classes – and close up to three libraries. As a local realtor, I know that libraries attract people to communities.

Please vote yes on Prop. 1 for the Pierce County Library.

Tad Navle

Lake Tapps

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