California: Voters in Santa Clara County Library District Will Vote on Tax Measure
From KLIV Radio:
A special tax measure will be on the ballot this August for voters living in the Santa Clara County Library District.
The measure would continue existing library funding at current rates to help maintain services and programs.
Current taxpayer funding for the libraries has been in place for the past 20 years and is set to expire.
The Santa Clara County Library District has eight branches and serves people living in eight communities including Campbell, Cupertino, Morgan Hill and Saratoga.
From the Saratoga Springs Patch:
“With school libraries often open only a few days per week, our public libraries are now even more important than ever for our children’s education,” said Los Altos resident Cindy Hill. “Kids rely on the up-to-date research materials to complete their school assignments and summer reading programs to keep them engaged and learning while school is out of session.”
Without this measure, local libraries will be forced to implement significant cuts to programs and services, including reducing or eliminating library programs for children and seniors; purchasing fewer books and databases; and closing libraries for an additional day to day-and-a-half each week.
Ballots will be mailed to registered voters throughout Santa Clara County starting July 29 and must be returned by Aug. 27.
See Also: Official News Release From SCCLD
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