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June 4, 2013 > Funding for Santa Clara County Library Services Due to Expire

Funding for Santa Clara County Library Services Due to Expire

Submitted By Nancy Howe

On Tuesday May 28th, Joint Powers Authority Board (JPA) of the Santa Clara County Library District unanimously approved placing a special tax measure on an August 2013 mailed ballot that would continue existing library funding at current rates to help maintain and protect local library services and programs.

"We know how important local libraries are to each of our communities," said President Ken Yeager, County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors. "Without these funds, our libraries would not be able to buy needed books and up-to-date research materials and would have to cut programs for children and seniors."

If adopted by voters, the Measure provides funds to continue to help local libraries to buy books and research materials; maintain library hours and services; keep qualified librarians; continue summer student reading programs; and, among other services, provide an award-winning bookmobile program to bring books to seniors, the disabled and others.

"Every library operated under the Santa Clara County Library JPA benefits from this funding," said Supervisor Joe Simitian. "The Measure requires that every dollar from these revenues raised within a city is returned for the benefit and operation of the local library in that city."

Taxpayer funding for local libraries has been in place for the past twenty years, and is due to expire. The Measure simply continues this funding to maintain and protect local library services, without increasing existing taxes.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters starting July 29th and must be returned by August 27, 2013.

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