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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.

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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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