Friends of the Library of El Dorado County announced that the Joint Chambers Committee voted to endorse Measure L on the Nov. 6 ballot.
“It is great to know that the representatives of the business community are behind Measure L,” said Barbara Raines, president of the Friends of the Library. “Measure L actually lowers taxes for most voters in the county and ensures that everyone pays a fair share. That’s a system in which the library can really prosper.”
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.
In addition to the Joint Chambers Committee, Measure L is also supported by the El Dorado County Taxpayers Association, county Superintendent of Schools 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.
Over 90,000 El Dorado County residents have library cards. More than just books, the library 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 check-outs of free ebooks.
“Measure L brings library finances into the 21st century, is fair for taxpayers, and will help provide better libraries as result,” said Raines. “We are glad the Joint Chambers recognizes the benefits of Measure L and welcome their support.”