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September 3, 2013 > Library special tax passes

Library special tax passes

Submitted By Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa

Measure A, the all-mail ballot recently sent to residents in the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) service area, has passed according to an August 28, 2013 statement issued by the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. The final, unofficial results indicate that Measure A passed by 81 percent.

Measure A asked for a continuation of the existing special tax rates of $33.66 per single-family home without any increase in taxes. Voters chose to ensure the extension of library funding for the next 20 years.

"Libraries are at the heart of our communities, and are essential to life-long education," said Mayor of Morgan Hill Steve Tate, and Co-chair of the Measure A Campaign. "We led the 2013 campaign because we strongly believe in the powerful role of public libraries."

Measure A accounts for 18 percent of SCCLD revenue and is needed to maintain library hours and services. These special tax funds help keep qualified librarians on staff, provide an award-winning bookmobile program, maintain children's reading programs and purchase needed books and up-to-date research materials.

"Without Measure A funds, our patrons would experience significant cut backs and changes in services and programs," said Gilbert Wong, Chair of the Library's Joint Powers Authority Board. "Passing Measure A demonstrates just how much residents are willing to continue to invest and believe in the importance of maintaining such a strong community service."

"The voters have clearly expressed how valuable libraries are to them," said County of Santa Clara Supervisor Mike Wasserman, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority. "The revenue collected by this tax will be returned directly to each local library. This funding will ensure more materials and open hours."

The Measure A campaign was co-chaired by Steve Tate, Mayor of Morgan Hill, and Library Joint Powers Authority Board member, and Dolly Sandoval, teacher and former Mayor of Cupertino. Tate and Sandoval also co-chaired the successful measure ten years ago. 202,505 ballots were mailed to SCCLD residents at the end of July. According to the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters, of the ballots issued, 55,149 were returned by the August 27th deadline.

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