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Library bond measure fails to win support


Lake Oswegans threw a kink into plans by the city of Lake Oswego to push forward with its ambitious North Anchor project.

In dramatic fashion, voters on Tuesday turned down Measure 3-405, the city of Lake Oswego Public Library bond.

According to updated numbers Wednesday from the Clackamas County elections office, the measure was failing with 8,042 votes (42 percent) supporting it compared to 11,040 (58 percent) against.

As of Wednesday,the measure was doing no better in the Multnomah County portion of the district: 459 (41.5 percent) supported it compared to 645 (58 percent) voting no.

Of the two votes recorded in the Washington County portion of the city, both were against the measure.

Library Director Bill Baars was philosophical about the results.

"I think it’s important to acknowledge the hard work that library supporters have done over the past decades just to get a library facility measure on the ballot. Groups like the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and individuals such as Colleen Bennett, Virginia Campbell, Sherry and Matt Finnegan, and Jack and Jean Radow (and many others) have pushed for decades for an expanded facility to meet community needs. It’s also important to mention the efforts of Darrel Condra, Maria Meneghin and the YESLOPL committee. I know that a lot of community members worked very hard to make a larger, more efficient and up-to date library facility a reality."

Baars added: "We are a community that has been blessed with exceptional lbrary support. Both library usage figures and our community surveys have demonstrated that the library is one of Lake Oswego’s most highly valued institutions. We love being such an integral part of the lives of citizens of all ages. We will continue our efforts to provide the best service, collection and programs possible with our resources and we will do so with pleasure and pride."

The library would have been the centerpiece for the North Anchor project that is envisioned by the city at the intersection of B Avenue and First Street. The city council will have to digest results of Tuesday's election and decide how best to proceed.