$77M bond would improve Spokane's libraries


SPOKANE, Wash. -Einstein famously said, "The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library."

That's something Tamara Erickson and Randall Brown already know. 

For the first time since 1990, the City of Spokane is asking voters for the largest upgrade to the library system in decades. The $77 million ballot measure will build three new libraries in some of the more under-served areas of Spokane: Hillyard, East Sprague, and in the East Central neighborhood. It will also modernize four existing libraries.

The ballot measure would double the size of the Shadle Library, give the one on the South Hill a makeover, add improvements to the Indian Trail Library, and remodel the one downtown -- making it a destination library.

So how much would it cost? For a family with a $240,000 home, it would be a little under $4 a month, or $46 a year.

For people like Randall and Tamara, the decision is easier than finishing a good book.

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