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August 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Seattle library measure ahead in early returns

Seattle voters were supporting a $123 million, seven-year property tax levy to fund library operations and services, according to early returns Tuesday night.

The early ballot count showed the levy passing nearly 62 percent to 38 percent.

The Seattle Public Library has faced budget cuts in each of the past four years, and city budget officials said another $5 million could be cut in 2013 as the city faces a $32 million general-fund shortfall. The levy would restore service hours, rebuild collections and maintain buildings.

Currently 15 of 26 branches are closed Fridays and Sundays. The system’s entire staff takes a weeklong, unpaid furlough each August.

If approved, the library levy would cost the owner of a $360,000 home about $53 a year.

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