By Citizen staff
Voters overwhelmingly approved the library’s effort to make its override tax levy permanent, rather than requiring a vote every two years. The vote, part of the primary election on Tuesday, was 1,856 for and 624 against.
“We so appreciate the support of Franklin County voters,” said Library Director Cloteele Dahle. “This will enable us to continue our programs, plan for the future, not have to be in limbo every two years.”
Had the voters rejected the option for a permanent levy, it “almost certainly” would have meant cutting hours, staff and programs. The Library Board, from chair Leo Silvernagel to all the others, worked vigorously to spread the word across the county about what the approval would mean. They met with virtually all service clubs, senior citizens and other organizations to assure people knew what the vote would mean.
County Clerk Shauna Geddes said that while no tax increase was proposed as part of the library election, property taxes could go up, in some cases, as part of the normal reappraisal and adjustment which happens on a regular basis.
“That’s based on such factors as home values, which might have gone up or down, and any improvements/changes to a property,” said Geddes.
Because of problems with some ballots, initially, counting of the 17 precincts went until about 1 a.m. Wednesday, said Camille Larsen, elections clerk.
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