City Beat

Sacramento council places library tax measure on June ballot

The Sacramento City Council voted Tuesday night to a place a measure on the June ballot asking voters to approve a $12 property parcel tax to fund libraries.

City voters approved a parcel tax for libraries in 2004 that is set to expire in two years. This tax would be placed on top of that levy, meaning the average city household would pay about $41 toward the library fund.

The additional $12 parcel tax would generate $1.9 million in its first year. The additional funding is needed to support a system that has grown by three libraries since the last tax was approved and now supports 12 facilities.

Property owners making 80 percent or less of the area’s median income will be eligible to apply for a rebate of the parcel tax. The Council is expected to formally approve ballot language for the measure in the coming weeks.