New Countywide Library Tax to go on November Ballot
Total library operations for 2012-13 are $3.3 million. Fifty-five percent of funding comes from taxes and revenues and 45 percent from the General Fund. Two-thirds of county voters would have to approve the new tax measure for it to go into effect.
Dawn Hodson, Village Life, July 31, 2012
The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ballot measure to establish a special tax to support library services.
If approved by voters in November, the tax would apply a uniform library assessment on all parcels and replace the library taxes already assessed.
Currently Cameron Park charges a $25 benefit assessment on each dwelling unit with no annual price index adjustment. In El Dorado Hills residents also pay a $25 special parcel tax without an annual price index adjustment. In South Lake Tahoe and Georgetown property owners pay a $17.20 special parcel tax adjusted annually to the Consumer Price Index for a maximum increase of 3 percent. The library assessments in South Tahoe and Georgetown both expire in 2015. There is no tax or assessment supporting the main library in Placerville.
Library Director Jeanne Amos said the countywide assessment was needed for reasons of fairness, to prevent further draw-down on the library’s fund balance and to ensure continued funding once the tax measures in South Tahoe and Georgetown expire in 2015. The tax would also ensure a consistent level of library services and to consolidate and simplify the current library tax structure, Amos explained.
The uniform library tax, if approved, would go into effect in the fiscal year 2013-14 and would expire after 15 years. The base tax would be $17.58 per parcel...