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Voters approve library tax

Katherine Morris

The Truckee Library is celebrating a sweet victory in the wake of this week’s election with the passage of Measure C.

Voters showed overwhelming support for the Nevada County sales tax initiative at the polls Tuesday, which earned roughly a 77 percent approval rating.

The official numbers countywide were 27,875 votes in the yes column compared to 8,544 no votes.

“We are thrilled that it passed and delighted to see that 77 percent of voters in the county came out in support of their libraries,” said Truckee Branch Librarian Lauri Ferguson. “We’re curious to see how the votes went in Truckee because people here are always so supportive.”

When the original sales tax initiative went before voters four years ago, Truckee played a key role in helping the measure earn the necessary two-thirds approval.

Monies generated from the 1/8 of a cent sales tax created by Measure C goes to support library services and materials.

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“With the continued funding from measure C, our libraries will continue to be able to excel,” Ferguson said.

In the past, Measure C money has helped to purchase new computers, add staff and greatly expand hours, programs and collections.

Ferguson said future projects include helping the Truckee Library continue to increase staff and its collection, as well as to furnish the new 1,200-square-foot addition that’s in the works.

“We were confident that the people of Truckee would again come out in support of this measure,” Ferguson said. “The people here really love their library.”