Budget and Funding

Budget & Funding

Every year, the Sno-Isle Libraries Board of Trustees adopts a balanced budget for the 23 community libraries, online services, Library on Wheels and a service center to meet the needs of more than 750,000 residents in the library district across Snohomish and Island counties.

The budget authorizes spending for library operations and maintenance including:

  • Library Staffing
  • Materials
  • Equipment
  • Professional Services
  • Infrastructure
  • Training
  • Insurance

State Audits

Every year, the State Auditor's Office conducts financial and accountability audits of Sno-Isle Libraries. Clean audit reports have been received for the past 32 years. State audits of Sno-Isle Libraries financial practices are available at sao.wa.gov. Search for "Sno-Isle Regional Library."


Funding Sources

Sno-Isle Libraries receives about 98 percent of its funding for daily operations and maintenance from the general library levy.

The levy affects all properties within the library district in Snohomish and Island counties. The cities of Everett, Bothell and Woodway are not part of the library district.

The library operations levy is collected by county treasurers in Snohomish and Island counties and funds are transferred to Sno-Isle Libraries.

The remaining 2 percent of library funding comes from a variety of sources, such as:

  • Reassessed value of property where new construction has occurred
  • Timber sales tax
  • Leasehold excise tax
  • Contract fees
  • Donations and grants
  • Investment interest

What do these terms mean? Review our glossary for some helpful definitions.

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