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Sacramento library tax to appear on June ballot

Sacramento Public Library Central Library Supervisor Manya Shorr goes around the Espresso Book machine to pick out a printed and fully bound book she programmed five minutes earlier.
Sacramento Public Library Central Library Supervisor Manya Shorr goes around the Espresso Book machine to pick out a printed and fully bound book she programmed five minutes earlier. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

The Sacramento City Council formally placed a measure on the June ballot seeking to extend an annual parcel tax that funds libraries.

The council Tuesday night agreed to ask voters for a 10-year extension of 2004’s Measure X. The parcel tax is set to expire next year.

The ballot measure does not propose to increase the parcel tax paid each year by homeowners. According to a city staff report, the typical single family residence pays $31.53 a year in a parcel tax for libraries under Measure X.

Measure X revenue generates $5 million for city libraries – about one-third of the budget for 12 facilities in the city, according to the staff report. Still, “funding for library operations has remained extraordinarily challenging” given that the city has opened three new libraries since 2009 and has expanded its technological offerings, city staff said.

In 2014, voters also approved a 12-year parcel tax of $12 a year for libraries on top of the Measure X fee.

Ryan Lillis: 916-321-1085, @Ryan_Lillis

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