Ferndale library bond continues to pass



Chrissie Harding and Danica Strong, 5, look at books Tuesday, April 22, 2013 at the temporary location of the Ferndale Public Library in Pioneer Park in Ferndale. Voters will decide whether to partially fund a new library with bonds.


FERNDALE - The $550,000 bond for a new Ferndale library was continuing to pass after a second ballot count Wednesday, April 24, according to the Whatcom County Auditor's Office.

A little more than 62 percent of city voters were approving the bond Wednesday. It needs at least 60 percent "yes" votes to pass.

The 15,000-square-foot library on Main Street, near City Hall, will cost about $6 million, including the value of the land donated by the city. Construction must begin in August, or the city will lose a $250,000 grant from the nonprofit Norcliffe Foundation. The bond, plus a partial match from an anonymous donor, will cover the $810,000 still needed.

If the bond is approved, the owner of a $250,000 home would pay $11.86 a year in additional property taxes.

Wednesday's count included 2,653 ballots, about 70 more than the first count Tuesday night. The next count is expected Thursday afternoon.

Reach Zoe Fraley at 360-756-2803 or zoe.fraley@bellinghamherald.com.

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