The Stevens County Rural Library District was formed in 1996 after being voted into existence by the citizens of Stevens County. The cities of Northport, Marcus, Chewelah, and Springdale have annexed into the Library District, and the cities of Kettle Falls and Colville contract with the Library District to form one cohesive county-wide library system: Libraries of Stevens County.

There is no State or Federal funding for public libraries in Washington State. Approximately 90% of funding for the Library District comes from property taxes inside Stevens County at the current rate of about 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation (i.e., a home owner with a house valued at $200,000 pays $78 per year for the library.) The other sources of revenue for the library include: timber tax, grants, and donations.

* 1. Which of the following Stevens County libraries have you used in the past 12 months?
(check all that apply)

* 2. Which library services did you use in the past 12 months?
(check all that apply)

* 3. Even if you don’t use these services yourself, how important to our community are the public library services listed below?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Important Very Important
Materials (books, magazines, movies, music)
Programs for children (e.g., storytime)
Programs for teens (e.g., teen night)
Programs for adults (e.g., book club)
Computers for public use
High-speed wireless
A space to meet with friends and family
Well-trained staff
Research materials
Computer classes
Research for local history and information

* 4. Would you be willing to pay more taxes to improve the libraries services listed below?
(please check all that apply)

* 5. Any other thoughts, comments, observations, or suggestions?