Magazine article American Libraries

Oakland, Modesto Tax Measures Pass

Magazine article American Libraries

Oakland, Modesto Tax Measures Pass

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Residents of Oakland, California, voted for Measure Q March 2 to restore funds to the city library system by increasing a $36 parcel tax to $75 per year. The increase was needed to keep the Oakland Public Library main branch open seven days a week, expand branch hours to six days a week, and restore and increase the library's materials budget.

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In June 2003, the library was threatened with the closure of as many as seven of its 15 branch libraries as part of a budget plan issued by Mayor Jerry Brown to bridge the city's $46.5-million budget gap (AL, June/July 2003, p. 24-26). It weathered that storm, but the library did lose 22 FTE positions, reduced weekend hours at many branches, and suffered a 35% reduction of its materials budget. The tax increase is expected to raise about $9-$10 million annually through 2024, the Oakland Tribune reported March 3. …

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