Sno-Isles Libraries conducted an on-line survey and a phone survey from January 18-28, 2013 to help them figure out whether or not to ask voters for money to replace the existing Mill Creek Library with a larger one.
The answers are not conclusive.
The on-line survey introduction explained that Sno-Isles Libraries is looking for “ways to better meet community needs at the Mill Creek Library, including parking, a meeting room for library programs and community groups and more space for books, CDs and other library materials.”
“Sno-Isle Libraries is considering relocating the library to a larger area along 132nd Avenue Southeast near Seattle Hill Road. Please take a few minutes to complete this anonymous survey about a potential larger library in a new Mill Creek location.”
A representative from Sno-Isle Libraries presented the results of the 2013 Mill Creek Library surveys at the February 6th Mill Creek Library Board meeting.
The presentation shows the following survey conclusions:
- “The majority of the community is not yet confident in an economic recovery.”
- “A supermajority of the community does not consider the current facility inadequate.”
- “A majority of respondents support putting the ballot measures before the public.”
Key aspects of the survey results from the presentation are:
“Do you believe that the economy in 2013 will be better, worse, or about the same?”
- “Phone survey responses: 37% Better, 20% Worse, 35% About the same, 8% Not sure.”
- “Online/paper survey responses: 35% Better, 11% Worse, 40% About the same.”
“Is the current Mill Creek Library facility adequate?”
- “Phone survey responses: 31% Yes, 58% No, 11% Not sure.”
- “Online/paper survey responses: 23% Yes, 58% No, 19% Not sure.”
“Should Sno-Isle move forward with ballot issues at this time?”
- “Phone survey responses: 66% Yes, 26% No, 8% Not sure.”
- “Online/paper survey responses: 69% Yes, 17% No, 15% Not sure.”
Mill Creek Library Board member and Mill Creek City Councilmember Donna Michelson said the surveys show that a super majority of survey respondents would probably not support a bond issue to pay for the new Mill Creek Library, “We have to form the LCFA (Library Capital Facilities Area) to begin with and that has to pass with a simple majority… I think the wind kind of came out of their sails a little bit on some of the surveys, they couldn’t get the super majority to confirm something and they need the super majority to get the bond.”
The Sno-Isle Libraries presentation handout states that the purpose of the surveys was to help the Sno-Isle Libraries to decide whether or not to move forward to construct a new Mill Creek Library.
The presentation handout reports, “Construction of a new library building would require voter approval of two ballot measures:”
- Creation of a Library Capital Facilities Area (LCFA), a special taxing district that funds only library construction projects - must be approved by a simple majority.
- Approval of a bond measure that would increase property taxes within the LCFA for a 20-year period to fund library construction - must be approved by a (two-thirds) supermajority.
The presentation shows that a professional polling company conducted the telephone survey and participants were selected from registered voters within the potential Library Capital Facilities Area. This survey is more reliable than the online/paper survey because it represents a statistically valid cross-section of the community.