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:
Los Altos Hills
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:
Reducing or eliminating library programs for children, teens and seniors
Purchasing fewer books and databases, reducing our ability to maintain up-to-date collections
Closing libraries for an additional day to day-and-a-half each week
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:
Up-to-date research materials to complete school or college assignments
Summer reading programs
Homework help and SAT test preparation
Science programs for elementary school kids
Toddler and preschool storytimes
Teen book clubs and activities for youth
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.
Q:How does my library benefit?
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:
Providing school children with access to the materials they need
Purchasing new books and up-to-date research materials
Keeping libraries clean and safe
Maintaining our bookmobile program that brings books to seniors, pre-schools, disabled children and rural/isolated areas of the county
Keeping summer reading programs for school children
Maintaining library open hours
Keeping the adult literacy program that has helped many learn to read
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.
Q. What is Measure A's fiscal accountability?
A. Measure A is subject to strict fiscal accountability, including annual independent financial audits and public review of expenditures to monitor spending to guarantee that all funds are being spent as promised. All Measure A revenues that are raised within a city are returned for the benefit and operation of the local library in that city.
Q: Will a vote be held?
A: There will be a mail ballot on Measure A in August 2013 to maintain and protect library services by continuing community funding at existing rates with no increase in taxes. Measure A requires a two-thirds vote to pass. Ballots will be mailed to voters in late July and must be returned by August 27. Measure A is the only issue on the ballot.
Q: How can I find out more information?
A: If you would like to find out more about the needs of your local library, please contact County Librarian, Nancy Howe at 408-293-2326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.