May 16, 2022

Florida: Jacksonville Library Supporters Start Long Process of Setting Up Funding Stream


Supporters of the Jacksonville Public Library kicked off a plan Wednesday to get the system its own money — although the idea won’t come into being for years.

Organizers are gathering signatures to support the ability to levy a property tax of up to one mill. In return, the library system wouldn’t get any money from the city’s general fund.

A mill is $1 in taxes for every $1,000 of a property’s assessed value.


But the road to getting the plan enacted is likely to be a long one.

The petitions unveiled Wednesday are simply for a straw poll — a non-binding ballot question asking Duval County voters if they support the idea.

To get the straw poll on the ballot, organizers need to collect 26,000 signatures. Because there is no election scheduled for 2013, the soonest citizens could vote is 2014.

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See Also: Public Libraries: How Jacksonville (FL) Library’s Proposed Cuts Would Affect Services (July 24, 2012)

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