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August 13, 2013 > Santa Clara County votes on library tax extension

Santa Clara County votes on library tax extension

By Frank Addiego

Santa Clara County's library tax is set to expire soon unless voters elect to extend it this month. The $33.66 tax on single-family homes brings in about $6 million, which makes up 18% of the library system's $32-33 million budget, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Voters will receive a ballot by mail which they can send to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters office in San Jose by August 27. Milpitas residents can drop off ballots at the City Clerk's office in City Hall. As of the first week of August, 24,034 of 204,095 ballots have been sent in.

"It's an ongoing tax, it's not a new tax," said Milpitas Councilmember Carmen Montano, who serves on the Santa Clara County Library Joint Powers Authority, "If they don't continue it, they will be in trouble, they'll have to cut back services."

Measure A is endorsed by the city councils of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill and Saratoga, as well as the League of Women Voters of South West Santa Clara County and the commerce chambers of Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos and Morgan Hill.

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