The City of Ferndale has a bond election for the new Ferndale library coming up on April 23. Ballots will be mailed on April 5. It is now up to the citizens of Ferndale to get the shovels moving this summer. That means that we need 2,115 votes cast for the election to be valid, and 60 percent of them need to say "yes!" The cost for a homeowner with a house assessed at $250,000 will be less than $12 per year. That is less than the cost of one new hardcover book each year.
The value to our town will be immeasurable: adequate space for library programs and community meetings, additional space for materials, accommodations for technology, closer to residences and schools, a perk for the downtown area, etc. We have on average 600 patrons entering the library every day checking out 1,100 items per day. Our library usage has increased by 20 percent since moving to our temporary quarters. Fifteen hundred and eleven new library cards were issued in 2012.
Your "yes" vote will put us at fundraising goal, retain the $250,000 Norcliffe Grant (which expires in August), and meet the $2 million matching grants to the fullest extent. Support the library that supports Ferndale. Join with me in voting "yes" in April!