Library levy boosters plan to make last-minute pitch

More than 130 volunteers will be going door-to-door in key precincts across Kitsap County Oct. 9 and 10 to share information with voters about the importance of Kitsap Regional Library’s proposed levy increase on the Nov. 2 ballot.

The volunteer effort is being organized by Vote YES Kitsap Libraries, the political action committee that formed to support KRL’s levy.

VYKL is a countywide organization, but it has five regional committees that have organized a grassroots campaign in each Kitsap County school district.

Key precincts have been identified for the door-to-door effort in South Kitsap, Bremerton, Central Kitsap, North Kitsap and Bainbridge Island.

“This is the last weekend before the ballots are mailed out to voters, and it’s been in our campaign plan all along to mobilize as many volunteers as we can the weekend of Oct. 9 and 10 to pass out material supportive of the levy,” said Wendy Rohrbacher, chairwoman of VYKL. “This proposal will touch every part of the county by improving facilities, technology, programs and access, so we want to be out in every part of the county to tell our story.”

The proposed levy increase of 13.5 cents per $1,000 of assessed value would cost the typical Kitsap homeowner about $32 per year. The library has not received a voter approved levy increase since 1979. A levy proposal in 2007 was unsuccessful. This year’s proposal is asking for just over half the amount sought in 2007.

“A YES vote will secure the future of KRL for many years to come,” Rohrbacher said. “Our public libraries are more than just books. They are vital resources that provide people of all ages and incomes free access to lifelong learning and literacy. Kitsap Regional Library offers programs that enhance the quality of life for everyone in Kitsap County.”

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