Supporters across political spectrum are going on record for Measure L, the ballot measure that would equalize library taxes across the county. The latest to come on board is the Tea Party Patriots of El Dorado Hills, which joins the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County as well as the El Dorado County Democratic Party in urging a “yes” vote on Measure L on the November ballot.
Other key endorsements come from the Placerville and South Lake Tahoe city councils, the Joint Chambers of Commerce (El Dorado County, Shingle Springs/Cameron Park and El Dorado Hills), County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicki Barber, the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce, all six chapters of the Friends of the El Dorado County Library, and the League of Women Voters, as well as many other groups and individuals (for a complete list, see welovethelibrary.org).
“It’s notable that there is broad-based support for Measure L — not a single opponent is listed in the official Voters Information Pamphlet mailed out by the county,” said Larry Calderwood, Friends of the Library president.
Current library taxes vary widely across five different library zones. Measure L removes the zone system of taxation and applies a uniform tax structure countywide to help ensure funding for the next 15 years for the county’s six libraries and Bookmobile. Residents in some areas would see a decrease in the amount of taxes they pay, from $25 a year per improved parcel to a uniform $17.58 or less.
Countywide, 90,000 residents hold library cards and check out some 900,000 books, CDs, DVDs and videos and use the free Internet facilities each year. The library also provides extensive early literacy learning experiences for children to increase the likelihood they will succeed in school, and promotes literacy and the skills necessary to compete in the workforce, benefitting local business. El Dorado County Library leads 26 other Northern California libraries in the number of checkouts of free eBooks.