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PO Library Annexation: Serve on Ballot Statement Committee

May 20th, 2010 by Chris Henry

Regardless of how you feel about a ballot proposal to annex the Port Orchard Library into the Kitsap County Rural Library District, you could play a role in crafting statements for the voter’s pamphlet about the measure.

The city of Port Orchard is seeking city residents to serve on “pro” and “con” committees. Again the proposal is for the Port Orchard Library to officially join the library district.

City officials who proposed the ballot measure said joining the district would give citizens the chance to vote in library levy lid lifts, and Kitsap Regional Library is planning to place a levy measure on the November ballot. The library annexation issue, therefore, must be decided in the August primary election.

City officials have looked at annexation’s potential effect on property owners’ taxes and have vowed to do what they can keep taxes at the same level if the measure passes.

City Clerk Patti Kirkpatrick said that the law outlines the process for drafting the pro and con statements thus: the “pro” committee crafts its statement, then then the “con” committee makes a rebuttal.

The city will need to hear from prospective committee members by the end of the business day Monday. If you want to volunteer, or if you need more information, call assistant city clerk Brandi Rinearson at (360) 876-4407.

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