Arizona: Library Bills Causes Concern about Closures, Cuts to Branches
The Arizona Library Association, along with Maricopa and Pima County Library Districts are opposing a bill in the Arizona House, saying the proposed legislation could result in big library cuts and closures in our state.
The bill would affect county libraries — there are 17 in Maricopa County. It would essentially cap how property taxes can be increased to fund libraries and it has library supporters nervous.
County libraries are funded by property taxes. Right now, a county board of supervisors control how much property taxes are raised to support libraries.
House Bill 2379 would cap that amount at two percent.
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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. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.