In an April 22, 2014 vote, Camano Island residents approved funding of a permanent library on the island through a $2.3 million library capital bond. The money is being used to remodel a former restaurant building into a new library.
When will the new library open its doors?
The library is expected to open in late summer 2015.
Where will the library be located?
The library will be at Terry's Corner, 848 N. Sunrise Blvd., near the interim library.
What will be different about a permanent library on Camano Island?
The new 4,900-square-foot library will be approximately 3,000 square feet larger than the interim library. The additional footage will provide space for:
More popular book and media titles
Expanded area to drop off and pick up reserved/hold library materials
Library activities for children, such as toddler, infant and preschool story times
Quiet study, comfortable seating
Additional computers for public use
What is the cost to property owners?
Search your property tax statement for the assessed value. The cost of the 10-year bond measure is about 9 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. For the owner of a home assessed at $250,000, the additional capital bond cost is approximately $22.50 per year.
How long will taxes be collected for the library?
Ten years. Property tax collection for the library began in 2015.
How will library bond funds be used?
The library capital bond will pay for property, permits and impact fees, architectural redesign, remodeling, furnishing, equipment and additional library materials.