Seattle Public Library: Funding on the Rise

By , August 9, 2012 9:13 am

by Philippe Cloutier

As the economy slowly rebounds and “anti-tax” sentiments dwindle the importance of public libraries gains greater recognition. Today’s good library news is the Seattle Public Library system successfully securing votes for funding on the latest ballot:

We did it! Thanks to your help, the levy to restore and improve essential Library services received a 62% “yes” vote from Seattle voters. We are honored by the outpouring of support to approve a tax measure during a time of economic recovery. Your voices and hard work helped raise awareness of the sacrifices the Library has taken during the last several years and the public impact of repeated cuts.

We now look forward to the Library rebuilding services that were cut or eliminated during the prolonged recession. In 2013 you will see expanded hours and collections, as well as new computer technology. The levy also ensures that our investment in the many wonderful libraries is protected through an improved maintenance budget. With stable funding secured through the levy, more Library resources and assistance will be available for children, teens and adults in every neighborhood in our city.

What does this all mean to the Foundation? By helping secure a more stable funding environment, we can now focus our support by investing in projects and opportunities that help the Library achieve its strategic vision – which in turn will ensure the value and relevancy of The Seattle Public Library for generations to come.

Let this be the beginning of a new era – full of opportunity for the people of Seattle!

Thank you again for your support!

The Seattle Public Library Foundation

Check out additional details on the levy and improvements on the SPL page.

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