A similar measure appeared on the ballot last November, and was narrowly defeated (by approximately 30 votes).
What makes this measure different?
- A Steering Committee of concerned citizens drafted this measure based on a thorough analysis of city and library finances. (Last year, the measure was drafted by City Staff.)
- The amounts of the parcel tax have been reduced: from $96 to $90 for each parcel; and from $75 to $45 per unit for multiple units.
- There will be no cost of living increases. The tax will remain at the $96 and $45 levels for 10 years.
- An independent citizen's oversight committee is designated to annually audit how the tax monies are used.
- The measure specifies the City augment the parcel tax with General Fund monies. 2.83% of the Total General Fund budget is to be allocated annually to the Library. (In FY 2010/11 dollars, that would amount to $420,000.)
The Steering Committee worked diligently, with City Administration and the City Council, to create a measure that responded to residents' suggestions and the fiscal realities of what it costs to restore Library hours and services. We applaud their hard work.