Our public library system is an essential and diversified contributor to education, literacy and the acquisition of knowledge in El Dorado County. Over 900,000 items are checked out of our county system each year.
Library funding is supported primarily by local taxes. Currently, the assessment amount for local library taxes varies significantly by region, with some regional assessments being more or less than others and two regions contributing nothing at all. Measure ’ is about creating a level “paying” field for all of El Dorado County.
The passage of Measure L will equalize library tax assessments countywide and will enact an assessment schedule that will be fair to all regional libraries and to all citizens in the county. Under Measure L, regional rates will be set at either: $17.58 per parcel; $14.06 per apartment unit; or $8.78 for mobile homes in parks and for unimproved parcels. Any yearly increases over the next 15 years will be tied to the Consumer Price Index and are not to exceed 3 percent per year, with a cap of $25 over this period.
At present, El Dorado Hills and Cameron Park residents are paying as much as $25 per parcel to support the county library system. It is time for all regions to contribute their fair share. Measure L will accomplish that end; 100 percent of these equalized funds will go to pay the direct costs of all branch libraries.
Without the successful passage of Measure L to guarantee fair assessments countywide, it is a certainty that the budget will not be met and services will be cut — fewer open hours, fewer new materials and less money going toward our libraries’ innovative educational programs and services.
Please vote ‘Yes’ on Measure L on Nov. 6. Your vote can make the difference.
Elizabeth A. Hahn
El Dorado Hills