Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Jeffco Libraries Deserve Our Support - Vote Yes on 1A

I am happy to endorse ballot measure 1A, which will increase the Jefferson County Public Library system’s mill levy by 1 mill, from 3.5 to 4.5 mills.

Each homeowner will see his property taxes increase by roughly $8 per year for each $100,000 of property valuation. For a $300,000 home valuation, that’s $24 per year or $2 per month.  Personally, my utilization of the Jeffco libraries has been primarily to use its excellent meeting facilities, but I also recognize the importance of having a great library system, and this mill levy increase — the first tax increase for the Jeffco library system since 1986 — is an investment in our community’s educational and civic future.
Since 1986, the population of the county has increased by 30%, but library utilization has gone up 469%.  Also since then, the World Wide Web was invented (in 1989), and the library system has adapted its services and offerings significantly.  With the increased mill levy it can further update technology, expand its hours and increase access to materials.

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