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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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.