Seattle’s library plan needs scrutiny

A patron of the library leaves the Columbia branch of the Seattle Public Library, located at 4721 Rainier Ave. S. in Seattle Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

Mayor Jenny Durkan is proposing a new 7-year, $213 million Seattle library levy to replace the 7-year levy expiring at the end of this year. The new measure would include $14 million for seismic retrofits of the Columbia, Green Lake and University branches.


Seattle's City Council should dial back Mayor Jenny Durkan's proposal to nearly double the city's library levy. Libraries are a critical city resource and need investment. But a city that professes to be concerned about regressive taxation and housing affordability cannot continue doubling every levy when it renews. The city just doubled its families-and-education levy,...

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