Measure A supporters say sales tax would increase library hours, access
As a child, Carol Scofield filled her life with books.
She still does. It’s one reason she’s serving as co-chairwoman of the Yes for Nevada County Libraries: Yes on Measure A Committee.
“Books are just important to me, the ability to have access,” Scofield said.
Measure A is one of three local initiatives that will be on the Nov. 8 ballot. If passed, Measure A would replace an existing eighth-of-a-cent sales tax with a countywide quarter-cent sales tax.
That means someone who buys an item worth $100 would pay 25 cents of tax to the library.
The measure requires 66.7 percent of the vote to pass.
The new tax, expected to raise $4 million a year, would become effective April 1, 2017, and expire after 15 years.
The measure has no formal opposition.
“The libraries are very valuable and a very important resource for our children and our adults,” said Lou Ann Schwartz, the committee’s treasurer. “We need to keep them operating.”
Supporters of the measure say its passage is essential to maintain staffing levels. The library gets about 65 percent of its budget from sales tax. The remainder of its budget comes from the county’s general fund, as well as grants and donations.
The library’s budget for fiscal year 2016-17 is about $2.1 million.
Library staff has said that the measure’s failure would result in reduced staffing. Scofield noted that would mean less access for the public.
“The libraries are so much more than books,” she said.
Measure supporters say library hours would increase, allow for the purchase of new books and improve access to computers and a high-speed internet connection.
“If you have good libraries, you have good communities to raise your kids in,” Scofield said.
“We need people to vote,” she added.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email email@example.com or call 530-477-4239.
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