We won!

Pine River Library District pops Champagne to celebrate tax increase

Don Mooney, Pine River Library board member and Shelley Walchak, Pine River Library Director, celebrate winning a mill levy increase for the library. Photo by Jerry McBride, Durango Herald.
Don Mooney, Pine River Library board member and Shelley Walchak, Pine River Library Director, celebrate winning a mill levy increase for the library. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald.

Voters showed strong support for the Pine River Library District’s proposed mill levy increase, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.

Among district voters, 59% voted for ballot issue 6A, while 41% voted against the measure. A total of 3,193 ballots had been counted by 9 p.m.

In 2018, the district requested a mill levy increase, but the effort lost by nine votes. Without a tax increase, the award-winning library faced cuts to programs, operating hours, staff positions and other expenses. This year, the library district asked for a smaller tax increase and campaigned harder to encourage residents to vote.

“We’re feeling like we’ve won this one,” said Shelley Walchak, director of the library. “We actually popped a bottle of Champagne.” Read more…

Shelley Walchak, director of the Pine River Library, celebrates on Tuesday night with supporters after she announced that they won a mill levy increase for the library. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald
Shelley Walchak, director of the Pine River Library, celebrates on Tuesday night with supporters after she announced that they won a mill levy increase for the library. Photo by Jerry McBride/Durango Herald

How can I help?

How can I help?

  • Vote yes on 6A in November.
  • Volunteer to help with our campaign.
  • Put a campaign sign in your yard.
Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about why the Pine River Library is asking for a Mill Levy increase this coming November? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.