Following up on This One, A push to dissolve the Stevens County Rural Library District fell 2-to-1. John Norling worked to get Proposition 1 on the ballot but said he\'s finished with the effort.
\"The voters have spoken,\" he said. \"Maybe we didn\'t get our message across, or maybe voters didn\'t like our message. It\'s a moot point now. We\'re not going to pursue anything more.\"
The network of seven libraries opened in 1998, paid for with a 50-cent tax on every $1,000 of assessed property value. Norling believes the way the library system is administered — by unelected volunteers — and funded is unfair.
\"This wasn\'t about books,\" he said, \"this was about unequal taxes.\"
From The Seattle Times.