Two ballot measures appeared on the 06 August primary election ballot in Island County.
The first was for the “Establishment of (a) Library Capital Facility Area”. It needed a 50% simple majority to pass, and it has received 60.79%.
The second measure was for $2.3 million to convert a restaurant that Sno-Isle had already purchased to create a 5,000 square foot library building. It requires 60% to pass and appears to be falling short, at 58.67%.
It has been reported that “If the ballot measures don’t pass, Sno-Isle will sell the building.”
Sno-Isle currently has “21 libraries plus a bookmobile” operates an 1,800 square foot facility at the north end of Camano Island.
I presently have two questions: if this second ballot measure fails to receive the required 60%, will Sno-Isle do as they said they would and sell the restaurant they have already purchased, or will they refuse to take “no” for an answer and place the measure on the ballot again for the upcoming general election?
My other question is: with Electronic Books (E-books) on the rise, are more and larger library buildings really necessary?