Measure A: Library Tax Up for Renewal in June for Novato Voters

Will you vote to extend the tax?

The following is a news release from the county of Marin: 

The Marin County Board of Supervisors has voted to place the renewal of a parcel tax on the June ballot to support the Marin County Free Library.


In 2010, 74 percent of voters approved $49 per parcel for five years. The funding, which equates to about $2.5 million annually for MCFL (about 15 percent of its budget), will end when the measure expires on June 30, 2015, unless voters decide to renew it.


MCFL serves the unincorporated areas of Marin as well as the City of Novato and the towns of Fairfax and Corte Madera. Only voters in those areas will receive ballots with the Measure A renewal. The parcel tax funding provides a critical part of the needed financial resources to keep our library system whole, to not reduce hours or close any branches. It also funds critical services to children that support their formal education and encourages them to become lifelong learners.


The passage of Measure A in 2010 has provided funds to maintain and enhance public library programs. Specifically, MCFL has been able to: 

  • Increase service hours by 12 percent
  • Increase youth borrowers by 24 percent
  • Increase materials circulated by 26 percent

Measure A funding also has been used to make branches more accessible to people with disabilities and to implement modern, up-to-date technology for patrons.


“The parcel tax funding has provided a critical part of the needed financial resources to keep our library system whole to avoid reduced hours or closure of any of our branches,” Jones said. “It also has funded critical services to children that supported their formal education and encouraged them to become lifelong learners.”


Learn more about Measure A and the library budget at www.marinlibrary.org.

Bob February 27, 2014 at 08:09 PM
My understanding is that many public buildings are being designated as emergency shelters for the purpose of temporary housing for folks that are displaced from their homes due to natural disasters, earthquakes, floods, etc. Often the public entity also has food rations, blankets, water, etc., at these locations.
Al Nymous February 27, 2014 at 08:45 PM
How about a bomb shelter. Put some books in it and now its a library. Two birds one stone. Marin county sheriff bought that tank.. I mean military armored personal carrier.. I mean bearcat that can resist radiation fallout and .50 cal rounds, so if they need that thing at a price tag of $300k wouldn't we want to build a civil defense fallout shelter just in case? What does Doyle think is coming down the pike?.. I'm just brainstorming..
novato 3per February 27, 2014 at 09:06 PM
Well, it looks like no-knock firearm related warrants are currently on the menu, based on mental health issues, allegedly, for now. We already know Doyle is not a fan of citizens carrying firearms, just like Suhr of San Francisco PD. Perhaps there is something else on the. Horizon and I don't think it's criminal aliens.
Tina McMillan February 28, 2014 at 12:54 AM
http://www.marinij.com/marinnews/ci_25227588/dick-spotswood-sleepy-hollow-fire-board-plans-invest ========================================== Eleanor: ========================================== The Dick Spotswood article explains that decision of the Sleepy Hollow Fire District to divert funds to a private club with membership paid for by dues, is perhaps not an appropriate use of public money. I suspect Novato has public buildings better suited for an emergency shelter like the Margaret Todd Senior Center. Novato Fire District has no surplus. When you compare Sleepy Hollow to Novato the tax base is quite different. ========================================== http://www.usa.com/sleepy-hollow-ca-income-and-careers.htm ========================================== "As of 2008-2012, the per capita income of Sleepy Hollow is $91,386, which is much higher than the state average of $29,551 and is much higher than the national average of $28,051. Sleepy Hollow median household income is $162,292." ========================================== http://www.usa.com/novato-ca-income-and-careers.htm ========================================== "As of 2008-2012, the per capita income of Novato is $42,438, which is higher than the state average of $29,551 and is much higher than the national average of $28,051. Novato median household income is $79,664, which has grown by 25.55% since 2000. The median household income growth rate is lower than the state average rate of 29.28% and is about the same as the national average rate of 26.32%."
Eleanor Sluis February 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Tina-perhaps then all the Fire, Sanitation, School, and Water Districts would consider consolidating into 4 districts for all of Marin County and could then save all of us about $ 500 (pick a number) annually. It might work or maybe not, but the point is that there is a need for Novato to spend more and possibly get less for its dollars compared to other areas in Marin such as Sleepy Hollow’s fire district having a surplus and not knowing what to do with it. Who knows what surpluses and expenses are for Novato’s fire and sanitation district? Another idea would be to see if Sleepy Hollow’s fire district could lend or give its surplus dollars to the county library. One creative idea was to charge for use of the library as we do for the bridges, another was for a reuse of bomb shelters- true brainstorming- the more serious, ridiculous, even humorous, the better as there will be more solutions that way. More creative ideas will come in handy not only for paying for the library issue, but for our future increase in monies needed for schools, water, sanitation, and safety personnel and parks and recreation, and social services, and maintenance, and city pension liabilities. Novato’s future depends not only on the funding for residential services, but on the efficiency these services supply for the satisfaction that we get what we pay for. Yes, it is all connected- tax dollars for services coming from the majority who live in Novato. Let’s be creative and help to find solutions for the future of our city. Thanks.


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