The following is a press release from the Citizen’s Committee for the Library Initative:
The Citizens’ Committee for the Library Initiative 2022 members Carolyn Schneider, Melinda Clarke, Michele Bisson Savoy, Wayne Menger, Michael Schaeffer, Barbara Blake and Victor Hoosac submitted the signed petitions to the County Clerk Tuesday.
The petition supports the renewal of Measure A for 1/8th of a cent sales tax and requests 1/8th of a cent sales tax from the sunsetting Measure B, with 40% to be reserved for building improvements.
The Friends of the Library groups were instrumental in gathering signatures to put the citizens’ initiative on the ballot in November. The Citizens’ Committee for the Library Initiative 2022 is a countywide volunteer group formed for the purpose of building on the success of Measure A by passing a citizens’ initiative in November to provide stable and permanent funding for all library branches and the Bookmobile.
Signatures were gathered in Albion, Elk, Ft. Bragg, Gualala, Laytonville, Manchester, Pt. Arena, Redwood Valley, Round Valley, Ukiah, Westport and Willits. We want to continue and supplement the current services of Mendocino County library services and programs and also provide stable and secure funding for needed building improvements.
The language in the initiative states that the revenues will be deposited in a special fund that only the Library can access. This has worked very well in the ten years since Measure A taxes have been collected. The Library Advisory Board, a volunteer board representing the five supervisorial districts and four cities, regularly reviews the Library budget to ensure that the funds are spent appropriately. If people are interested in working toward passage of this measure, contact your local Friends of the Library group.