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County gives thumbs-up to library vote

COLLEGE PLACE, Washington – The Walla Walla County Board of Commissioners approved Monday a proposition allowing the annexation of the city of College Place by the Walla Walla County Rural Library District.

Commissioner Gregory Tompkins made the motion, which was unanimously approved by fellow commissioners Jim Johnson and Todd Kimball.

The commissioners set Aug. 6 as the day College Place residents will vote on the proposal.

According to minutes from the Walla Walla County Library Board of Trustees meeting on Jan. 14, College Place Mayor Harvey Crowder stated one of the top two priorities for College Place residents was a library.

In an earlier interview with My Columbia Basin, Crowder said if residents vote to approve the city’s plan to join the district, residents will then be assessed a levy of about 47 cents per $1,000 of assessed value of property.

“The residents of College Place will have to pass the election, agreeing to joining the district for library service,” Walla Walla County Rural Library District Executive Director Rhonda Gould said. “Once the election passes and is certified, we can start providing library service to the community.”

Gould said that building on property already owned by the district on South College Avenue is part of the district’s long-term strategic plan, if the voters give their approval.

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