Vote YES on 6A for Our Libraries
WHY IS THE LIBRARY ON THE BALLOT?
This ballot measure will allow the Garfield County Libraries to keep all revenue, including the sales taxes they already collect. This money is what local voters approved for the libraries to collect in order to operate our six local libraries. Currently, the libraries are required to refund some of their sales tax income when the economy grows more rapidly than a State formula allows.
WHY IS IT IMPORTANT?
Unfortunately, in 2017 the Garfield County Libraries lost $1.2 million - equating to 30% of their operating budget - due to a drop off in oil and gas valuations. The libraries had to make many difficult cuts in order to balance their budget - including cutting the book budget in half. The lower income level continued in 2018 and the libraries' budget remained at that lower level as well.
This means only half as many new books are now available for:
young children to be introduced to the magic of books
adults to read bestsellers without long waits
school-aged children to polish their reading skills with the new books that actually interest them
seniors and others needing large print
commuters to enjoy audiobooks on their daily drive
readers of all ages to download ebooks whenever they want to read
On top of the budget cuts, the libraries are now required to refund $139,232 for 2017 because of the state calculation, and probably even more for 2018. The passage of the ballot measure would allow the libraries to keep that money and double their book budget for 2019 and 2020 (essentially restoring it to 2016 levels).
IT'S IMPORTANT TO OUR COMMUNITIES' FUTURE TO TAKE THIS STEP TO HELP RESTORE LIBRARY FUNDING
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