Nevada County Library committee examining sales tax renewal |

Nevada County Library committee examining sales tax renewal

A committee examining the renewal of a sales tax that helps fund the Nevada County Library may ask for more money when the initiative goes to a likely vote this November.

It’s possible the committee may suggest hiking the tax to a quarter-cent when it brings the issue to the Board of Supervisors. No date is set for when the measure will go before the board.

A two-thirds vote of county residents is required to levy the tax.

The library receives about $1.8 million each year from the existing, eighth-of-a-cent tax. Bumping it to a quarter-cent would draw $3.6 million a year, said Laura Pappani, county librarian.

“That’s not our entire budget,” Pappani said of the $1.8 million, “but it’s 65 percent of our budget.”

The existing tax will roll off in September 2018. That deadline led to the formation of a library committee, which is helping plan the ballot measure.

That committee is now gathering information from county staff, some of whom serve on the panel. The group is expected to transition over the next several months into a tax renewal committee and start campaigning for the tax. At that point, county employees must leave the committee.

Pappani said she wants to discover the public’s wishes for the library. The facility cut its hours and some services because of the economic downturn almost 10 years ago. She has her own ideas for returning to previous service levels, or expanding them, but is asking the community for its input.

“If we were able to expand, I’d look at more weekend hours,” Pappani said. “I would like to do more with after-school programs.”

Pappani plans on gathering public input later this year.

“We’re working on a strategic plan and we’ll surveying the public in the near future,” Pappani said.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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