Colorado: “Arapahoe Libraries Seeking $6 Million Tax Increase This Fall”
From The Denver Post:
The Arapahoe Library District will ask voters this fall to approve an annual tax increase of nearly $6 million to support updates to the district’s book selection, technology, literacy-based programs and numerous other services, the district announced this week.
The district’s Board of Trustees voted to place the initiative on the November ballot at its Aug. 18 meeting.
- The resolution asks that the Arapahoe Library District taxes be increased $5,997,279.00 annually (estimated revenues in the year 2016). This equates to an increase of $2.39 per month for the homeowner of a $300,000 home. This amount would be the result of increasing the mill levy from 4.2 to 5.4 mills, which is necessary for maintaining library services including but not limited to:
- Updating books, technology and research materials;
- Working with parents and caregivers to ensure each child has a strong start and is kindergarten ready;
- Providing literacy based programming;
- Providing a link to the outside world for the home bound while building community connections;
- Increasing services to the aging population;
- Ensuring adequate staff to address patron needs and requests; and,
- Providing lifelong educational opportunities for students and adults.
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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.