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Re: “Libraries on the Brink

The mayor's scenario C is actually not based on the parcel tax. It's based on employee concessions AND the parcel tax. The parcel tax alone won't do much at all.

Worse still is the timing. If there is a proposal for parcel tax, it has to be approved by a public vote. The ballot goes out in November, but the new fiscal year begins July 1st. Would they close the libraries for July through November? Maybe, but that wouldn't do the job either.

If we're going to spend the money on the libraries and other services, we have to collect it. The property taxes are collected at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. By the time the measure was passed, it would be too late to collect it with the 2011-2012 taxes. It would have to wait until the following fiscal year, 2012-2013. That is, the tax couldn't be collected until the end of 2012. Any library services dependent on those taxes would have to wait until the end of next year. Scenario C isn't the answer.

Posted by Magic Bob on 05/24/2011 at 10:43 PM

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