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Coupeville Library bond goes to voters

that will basically double the size of the Coupeville branch. The bond will also provide the town of Coupeville, which owns the building, the money it needs to pay the debt it has on the library. The town is halfway through paying off a 40-year bond and has approximately $70,000 left to pay.

If that amount eventually appears on the ballot, it will cost property owners on Central Whidbey approximately 7 cents per $1,000 assessed property value.

Mary Kelly, spokesperson for Sno-Isle Libraries, said that running the bond in August would also give the proposal a lot of visibility for voters. Waiting until the November general election would put the bond on a crowded ballot and voters may not notice it.

The library board and the Friends of the Library group will soon start making presentations to local groups about the bond.

Kelly said the speakers will focus on how the expanded library will benefit the community and also about how the use of the current library has increased over the years.

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