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Levy supporting Seattle libraries heads toward approval

August 7, 2019

SEATTLE (AP) — A $219 million property-tax levy that would abolish overdue fines in the Seattle Public Library system is heading toward approval.

The Seattle Times reports the seven-year levy supporting the library system had 73% of the vote in returns Tuesday.

The measure proposed by Mayor Jenny Durkan would authorize additional property taxes and replace a $123 million library levy set to expire at the end of this year.

The levy would collect about 12 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020.

The additional library funding would support seismic renovations, new programs for children, more social workers, extended operating hours and the elimination of fines for overdue items.

About $167 million would be used to maintain current services.

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Information from: The Seattle Times, http://www.seattletimes.com

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