Measure C question before voters again
Expanded hours, Internet access and six new staff members including a children’s librarian are just a few of the additions at the Truckee Library made possible after the passage of Measure C four years ago – Now it’s time for reconsideration.
“We’ve increased our resources like Spanish language books and videos and books on CD, and started an outreach program with the local senior center,” said Seana Doherty, campaign manager the Measure C countywide sales tax initiative. “We’ve also been able to increase our literacy programs by as much as 400 percent.”
Doherty added that without Measure C, its unlikely the library would have had the funding for the 1,200 square foot addition and children’s wing it broke ground for earlier this week.
This year, the measure, which added a sales tax of one-eighth of a cent to support library services, is up for renewal by Nevada County voters.
“The first time it passed, it was for a period of five years,” she said. “This time, we’re hoping to renew it for the next 15.”
Doherty said one of the positives of Measure C is that it works well with Truckee’s tourist-based economy.
“The fact that it’s a sale tax increase rather than property tax, means that a lot of the money is provided by people from outside the area and not just on the backs of Truckee residents,” she said. “The main thing too, is that people realize that this year’s measure does not create any new taxes. It’s simply a renewal of taxes that already exist.”
While Doherty feels confident Truckee voters will come out in support of Measure C, she said the main concerns are in the Western portion of the county, where tax increases, of any kind, seem unpopular at the polls.
“Truckee played a huge role in getting the two-thirds needed to pass this measure the first time, with a 77 percent approval rate,” said Truckee Librarian Lauri Ferguson. “I think we’ll be an important factor in the election again this year.”
Ferguson and Doherty both agreed that without funding from Measure C, the library could see the return of the dark days of its past.
“If this doesn’t pass, it’s likely that the library will have to return to its old ways – with limited staff and only being open four days a week and no evenings,” she said.