Starting 2013, the City of Chewelah chose to stop funding its half of the library costs previously shared with the Stevens County Library District.
The District has pulled some its funds from other library locations throughout the county to keep the Chewelah library open in 2013.
The residents who live outside the city of Chewelah pay a nominal tax directly to the rural library district. All that is being asked of Chewelah residents is that we do the same. For someone who has a house valued at about $100,000, this tax will be about $40 a year.
In April the citizens of Chewelah will be asked whether or not they wish to join the Stevens County Rural Library District, giving us countywide access to the benefits and resources a modern library system provides.
A “no” vote would prohibit the residents of Chewelah from using any of the public libraries in Stevens County!
As someone who uses the library on a regular basis, I see the value in keeping our library.
Patrons have the use of computers to access the Internet for job searches, banking, and email. Books, movies, and other materials can be checked out without cost.
Please vote “YES” so we can all enjoy the broad range of services provided by a modern library system, resources that many in our community can not afford to be without.