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Levy Fails

Posted on 31st August 2011 at 07:52

Once again, the operating levy for the Castle Rock Library has been rejected by voters. The final tally from Cowlitz County Elections shows that the levy received 260 “yes” votes and 184 “no” votes; that puts the levy at 58.56 percent approval, just shy of the 60 percent needed for passage. In addition to losing the levy, Library supporters have also learned that they missed the deadline for putting measures on this November’s ballot, so they won’t be able to go back for another vote until next year. Library Director Vicki Selander says that they’ll now be implementing “austerity measures,” to try and extend their existing funding as far as possible. She also says that fundraising efforts will get under way. The Castle Rock Library was in a similar situation in 2008, when the operating levy failed; levies that were run in 2009 and 2010 were able to get voter approval.