WALLA WALLA — The Rural Library District will reimburse unincorporated Walla Walla County residents who purchase a city library card for their household next year.
At a meeting earlier this month, the district’s board of trustees approved reimbursing the $68 fee for the card, but only one per household and just for 2013.
The reimbursement temporarily resolves an issue that resulted from the split between the Rural Library District and the Walla Walla Library.
After years of debate over how much the Rural Library District should pay the city to provide service to its taxing district residents, both agencies agreed to end working together to develop their own long-term strategic plans. But that meant Rural Library District residents would have lost free access to a city library card.
Currently, the Rural Library District is working on building a new suburban Walla Walla library of up to 15,000 square feet, which would also serve as its new headquarters.
The district did not comment on what it will in 2014 or after its new branch is built.
Taxing district residents can apply for a reimbursement after Jan. 1 by taking their Walla Walla Library Card and receipt to either the Plaza Branch Library, 1640 Plaza Way, or the district’s service center, 37 Jade Ave.