Nevada County supervisors put library tax on November ballot
Supporters of a new library tax took turns speaking Tuesday morning before the Board of Supervisors, arguing the need for more funds.
They found a receptive audience. Supervisors made their intentions clear before the first person spoke — they support libraries.
“I think this is a pretty darned good investment,” Supervisor Nate Beason said. “I’m behind this 100 percent.”
The other supervisors concurred and moments later unanimously voted to put the 15-year, quarter-cent sales tax on the November ballot.
The initiative, called Measure A, would replace an existing eighth-of-a-cent tax.
The new tax, which requires a two-thirds vote to pass, would cause someone who spends $100 a year on sales tax to spend an additional $1.25.
The tax is expected to raise about $4 million a year.
Measure A would become effective around April.
Laura Pappani, county librarian, told supervisors that the existing tax provides 65 percent of her budget. She can’t maintain staffing levels without more funds.
“If funding is not increased, we will need to reduce staffing,” she said.
Several people urged supervisors to place the issue on the ballot.
Lisa Rowe, a board member of the San Juan Ridge Community Library, said her part of the county needs expanded services.
“Please support Measure A,” she said.
Robyn Caywood told supervisors that the library helped her son with three large school projects. It also connected her son with a mentor, who sparked in him an interest in falconry.
Eddie Garcia, a State of Jefferson supporter, opposed the tax. He urged more detail and transparency in the process.
“We see taxes go up all the time,” he said.
In other matters, the board:
• Entered a closed-door session to discuss whether it should file suit against an unnamed party. It also discussed its own possible exposure to a lawsuit.
• Honored Victor Ferrera, emergency services program manager, who is retiring after about a decade with the county.
“It’s been a really fun 10 years,” Ferrera said.
To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 530-477-4239.
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