Lake Stevens should not split from Sno-Isle Libraries

Lake Stevens Mayor Brett Gailey recently proposed to break ties with Sno-Isle Libraries and turn the city’s library service over to a private third-party provider. Citizens of the city should know that if they vote to withdraw their tax dollars for Sno-Isle they will no longer be able to use any of the other 23 library locations, including online access to ebooks and the like.

Without tax support for public library services in some fashion, the people of Lake Stevens are ineligible for library service per Sno-Isle’s cardholder policy. With no replacement service named and no future access to the remaining community libraries and electronic services, the people of Lake Stevens might want to reconsider the value they’re getting from the current mayor and the city council members who agree with him: Sno-Isle Libraries isn’t the one taking the people of Lake Stevens for a ride.

Peter Munsterman

Everett

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