Facts & Figures
WHAT WILL BE ON THE BALLOT FOR THE LIBRARIES?
The Garfield County Public Library District will place a 1.5 mill levy increase on the November 2019 ballot.
WHY DO THE LIBRARIES NEED THIS MONEY?
The annual revenue available to our libraries is currently more than $2 million less than it was a decade ago. This decrease is compounded by the rising costs of goods and services in that same timeframe. In order for the Library Board to maintain a balanced budget, the Library District was recently forced to layoff qualified staff, reduce hours, cut the books and magazines budget, and offer fewer educational classes and events for children. Budget cuts have meant that every library is now closed on Sunday, with reduced morning and evening hours resulting in less access to our libraries for all community members. Without new funding, our libraries face additional cuts in hours and services.
HOW WILL IT AFFECT MY PROPERTY TAXES IF THIS PASSES?
In order to restore hours and maintain critical library services, property taxes will go up with this measure by:
● $10.80 per $100,000 of residential property value (determined by the Garfield County Assessor) per year
● $43.50 per $100,000 of commercial property value (determined by the Garfield County Assessor) per year
THE AVERAGE HOMEOWNER IN GARFIELD COUNTY WOULD PAY ROUGHLY $3.50 PER MONTH FOR THIS MEASURE.
WHAT HAPPENS TO SALES TAXES IF THIS PASSES?
Nothing. This ballot measure will not change sales tax rates or collections.
HOW WOULD THE MONEY BE USED?
Recently the Library District surveyed the community to discover what priorities were most important to those who live and work in our area. Combining that information with their new Strategic Plan, the libraries will:
● Restore hours to help provide safe spaces for children and teens after school, on weekends, and during summer
● Retain the qualified staff that help keep our libraries open and running
● Maintain access to educational classes and events for children, including early literacy and homework help
● Provide senior classes and events to help fight isolation and prevent the effects of aging
● Keep library buildings safe and well-maintained
● Purchase more books, including large-print for seniors, Spanish-language materials, and kids and teen titles
● Improve technology to provide access to computers and internet for those who don’t have it at home
WHAT IS THE ACTUAL BALLOT LANGUAGE?
SHALL GARFIELD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED $4 MILLION ANNUALLY (ESTIMATED REVENUES IN THE YEAR 2020) AND BY WHATEVER ADDITIONAL AMOUNTS ARE RECEIVED ANNUALLY THEREAFTER FROM AN AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX MILL LEVY IMPOSED AT A RATE OF 1.5 MILLS, FOR PURPOSES THAT MAY INCLUDE:
RESTORING LIBRARY HOURS;
KEEPING OUR LIBRARIES WELL-MAINTAINED AND IN GOOD REPAIR, AS SAFE, ACCESSIBLE SPACES FOR CHILDREN, TEENS AND SENIORS;
RETAINING QUALIFIED STAFF;
PROVIDING BOOKS, TECHNOLOGY AND MATERIALS;
PROVIDING EDUCATIONAL CLASSES AND EVENTS, INCLUDING LITERACY PROGRAMS TO HELP CHILDREN AND TEENS LEARN TO READ AND DO HOMEWORK, TRAIN VETERANS AND JOB-SEEKERS FOR NEW CAREERS, PREPARE STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE AND CAREERS, AND HELP SENIORS FIGHT ISOLATION AND PREVENT THE EFFECTS OF AGING;
WITH CITIZEN OVERSIGHT AND AN INDEPENDENT ANNUAL AUDIT OF EXPENDITURES.
AND SHALL THE PROCEEDS OF THE TAX LEVY RECEIVED IN 2020 AND THEREAFTER, AND THE INTEREST INCOME THEREON, BE COLLECTED AND SPENT REGARDLESS OF THE LIMITATION OF SECTION 29-1-301 C.R.S.; AND SHALL ALL REVENUES RECEIVED BY THE DISTRICT FROM SUCH INCREASE BE COLLECTED AND SPENT WITHOUT LIMITATION OR CONDITION, AND WITHOUT AFFECTING THE COLLECTION OR SPENDING OF ANY OTHER REVENUES OR FUNDS UNDER ARTICLE X, SECTION 20 OF THE COLORADO CONSTITUTION, OR ANY OTHER LAW?