Taxes are often used for things we wish didn’t exist. Apprehending, prosecuting and housing criminals, for example. We’re glad it’s done, but if there were less need to pay for it, we’d all welcome the change.
On occasion, however, taxes can be used for things we really want and that make life better for an entire community. The Feb. 13 ballot measure to build a new library in Lake Stevens is one such opportunity.
For about $6.75 a month, we can build a library that fits the city we have grown to be. Children’s reading programs will have adequate space and not need to be held offsite. We can have real study areas and meeting rooms instead of two small tables where patrons literally bump elbows. Lake Stevens can finally have a community asset we can all be proud of and that supports lifelong learning for everyone.
It’s little wonder over 66 percent of voters said yes to a new library last year. Despite great voter turnout, the total was just shy of the number needed to validate. This time quirky election laws aren’t a problem, but it’s critical that those of us who love our city and support a new library get our ballots in. Vote yes for a new library in Lake Stevens!