Q: What is Measure A?
A: Taxpayer funding for local libraries has been in place for the past twenty years and is due to expire. Measure A continues this funding at existing rates will help to maintain and protect local library services and programs, book collections, and open hours. This would not increase existing taxes.
Q: How does Measure A impact library services?
A: Measure A would continue to help local libraries to buy needed books and up-to-date research materials, maintain library hours and services, keep qualified librarians, continue summer student reading programs, and provide an award-winning bookmobile program to bring books to seniors, the disabled and others, among other services.
Q: What libraries are we talking about?
A: Santa Clara County Library District serves residents in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County and the communities of:
The District operates 7 community libraries, 1 branch library, 2 bookmobiles and an online library.
Q: What is at stake?
A: Without Measure A, local libraries will be forced to implement significant cuts to programs and services, including:
Q: How does Measure A impact school children?
A: With school libraries often open only a few days per week, our public libraries are now even more important than ever for our children’s education. More than 100,000 school age and pre-school children attend our library programs each year. Measure A funding helps provide them with:
Without this funding for our libraries, programs for school children, teens, and community college students will need to be reduced and some will be eliminated.
A: Measure A benefits EVERY library throughout the Santa Clara County Library District. Every Measure A dollar raised within a city is returned for the benefit and operation of the local library in that city. Measure A funds help to maintain:
Q. What does it cost?
A. Measure A continues existing funding for our libraries at current rates. The current rate for a single family home is $33.66/year and is not being increased. This funding has been in place for 20 years, and Measure A would extend it for another 20 years. Rates for other property types can be found at www.sccl.org in the full rate and method chart.