Rural WA county may dissolve library system

From School Library Journal:

Anti-tax activists seeking to dissolve the Stevens County (WA) Rural Library District apparently have enough petition signatures to put the dissolution measure to a vote in the November 5 general election.

County auditor Tim Gray says his staff has certified 2,263 signatures on the petition to close the modest seven-library system, 99 more than required to qualify the issue for the ballot, according to an August 31 report in the Spokane Spokesman-Review. Gray added, however, that it\’s unclear who will assume the next step in getting the measure onto the ballot. Voters aren\’t ordinarily entitled to file ballot measures.

The effort may be the first in the country to abolish a library system by popular vote, says the American Library Association.

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