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Voters down Kitsap Regional Library levy
Kitsap County voters decidedly defeated a property tax increase that
would have guaranteed operation of the Kitsap Regional Libraries'
operation and growth for the next five years in a special election on
"This was a tough one," said KRL Director Jill Jean after the vote.
"We had a lot of good support and we ran a clean, ethical campaign. I
am tremendously disappointed."
With 50,645 votes reported shortly after 8 p.m., 27,291 (55.21
percent) opposed the measure while 22,684 (44.79 percent) voted in its
About 50 people gathered in the Bremerton Library Tuesday evening,
making optimistic speeches and congratulating each other for what they
expected to be a victorious campaign. Shortly after 8 p.m. KRL Public
Relations Manager Audrey Newell announced that the measure was
As the air seemed to disappear from the room several people audibly
gasped and someone shouted, "You lie!"
"I completely understand how worried everyone is about property
taxes," said KRL Trustee Althea Paulson. "This was a vote against more
taxes, and not a vote against the library."
Jean said there is no strategy in place to deal with the defeat. She
said the KRL Board would meet to discuss different options at its
regular meeting May 24.
This was the first lid lift request from KRL since 1979.
The gathering ended on a cautiously optimistic note when sign
coordinator John Hurley told the attendees to "collect all the signs
and hope they are in good enough condition that we can use them again."