Friends of the Point Roberts Library update March 2017

By Judy Ross

Levy donations for the new library

OK, we’re about a month into the last fundraising project for the new library, and let me explain it to readers briefly. We need about $50,000 right now. And the most sensible way to obtain this is for 50 people to donate $1,000 each.

So, if you can donate $1,000, great; go for it! But another way is for the community, a majority of whom voted for the levy (but we needed more than a majority), to donate smaller individual amounts – the amount you would have paid if the levy had passed.

Specifically, that would be $50 for each $100,000 assessed property value. That would mean $100 for a property assessed at $200,000, $150 for one assessed at $300,000, etc. This is why we’re calling this 2017 fundraising the “Levy Donation Campaign.”

But by going this route, we need a lot more than 50 people to donate. In the first two weeks of February, we received 25 such donations, amounting to $5,000. So we have about six more weeks to make this remaining $50,000 happen. What if you’d like to donate, but don’t have the money right now? Let us know that you’re willing to make a pledge now for a specific amount, and you can pay it later.

What if you’d like to make a pledge for a larger donation? Yesterday, we received a call from a local supporter wondering whether it would be possible to make a $10,000 pledge to be paid at the end of the levy donation campaign? Sure  – we trust that supporters will make good on their pledge.

If you’re interested in making a pledge of any size, you can email us at or write us at FOPRL, PO Box 970, 98281.

If you’re ready to make a donation, drop it off at the library or mail it to FOPRL, PO Box 970, Point Roberts, WA 98281

If you don’t own property but you support the library, donate whatever feels right for you.

If you’re a business owner, your assessed property value can also be the basis of your donation to the new library, or you can make a larger pledge or donation.

If you want to know how this fundraising is going, the Friends of the Point Roberts Library has a Facebook page where we keep supporters up to date on fundraising progress on a weekly basis.

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