The needed 60-percent supermajority has once again stung the Spokane County Library District.
As of Tuesday night, votes creeped to just over 57 percent of the 60 percent needed to pass a $22 million bond request that would have allowed for a new Spokane Valley main branch to be constructed at Herald Road on Sprague Avenue. A new library would have also been built in Greenacres, along with remodeling of the Argonne Road branch.
This is the second time in two years that votes have exceeded 50 percent but failed to reach the mark necessary for passage.
In 2014, voters approved the passage of a Spokane County Valley Library Capital Facilities area. Only property owners in that area would have been taxed to repay the bonds. However, with this failure, the capital facilities will have to be reaffirmed by voters should the library district try again.
SCLD and the city of Spokane Valley were set to partner on developing a new library and expanded Balfour Park on the Herald/Sprague property, located across from the former University City and the future City Hall. Those plans are now in doubt, as the library district must sell back land it bought from the city on the western portion of the property if it doesn’t start construction by 2017.
Fire District 8’s maintenance-and-operations levy request, however, cruised to an over 66-percent approval. The district serves a portion of the Ponderosa neighborhood and points south of Spokane Valley, including Valleyford.
The levy approval will mean that current service levels will be maintained, and a paramedic will be on call at each station 24 hours a day.
Officials with the Spokane County Elections Office had 1,000 ballots on hand to process Tuesday night, and more were expected to trickle in this week. The results will not be official until Aug. 18.