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This November Measure L will be give voters the opportunity to correct what has evolved into unequal, disjointed and unstable funding of our county public library services located in facilities in Cameron Park, El Dorado Hill, Georgetown, Placerville, Pollock Pines and South Lake Tahoe.
In 1993 the county authorized the creation of “zones of benefit” for library services in County Service Area No. 10 where most, but not all, zones provide supplemental assessment for library funding.
In the present debacle, there are five Zones with different fees and assessment terms: Zone D — Cameron Park at $25 per dwelling unit; Zone E — El Dorado Hills at $25 per parcel; Zone F — South Lake Tahoe at $17.58 parcel; Zone G — Georgetown at $17.58; and Zone H — Placerville with $0.00 support.
Measure L sets a uniform tax rates for all areas of the county of $17.58 per improved parcel and $8.78 for unimproved parcels where the tax rate can’t grow faster than the economy, and the amount of tax capped, expires in 15 years.
This will generate about $1.6 million to supplement the $1.3 million from the County General Fund. What could be fairer than this rate applied uniformly across the county to fund the broad extensive services and resources provided by the libraries to El Dorado County?