The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has chosen not to move forward with considering a revised special library tax.
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At the Board’s regular meeting, the County of Los Angeles Library Commission delivered a report on ways to mitigate a potential $22 million annual structural deficit.
The report states that the County Library will need to either “increase funding or redefine service.”
In 1997, eleven cities in the County as well as its unincorporated area, approved a special library tax of $22. (It has since risen to $27.84.) This tax supplements money already reserved for the County Library that is included in property taxes.
The Library Commission enlisted a special subcommittee to survey residents throughout the 51 cities and unincorporated area the Country Library currently serves to see if they would approve a revised special library tax.
According to the report, the subcommittee concluded that two-thirds of the voters would “likely support” a revised tax.
After hearing from the Commission, the Board of Supervisors decided against putting the revised special tax up for a future vote at one of its meetings.