The Oakland Public Library is in financial trouble. It faces a projected annual deficit of $3.5 million to $4 million, and a budget gap this size could lead to branch closures. Library Services Director Gerry Garzon presented a report to City Council members on 1/9/18 for a proposed parcel tax measure for the city’s June primary election. The proposed measure calls for a $75 per parcel tax for 20 years providing about $10 million per year. The measure is an effort to make up a shortfall in funds from Measure Q, a parcel tax passed in 2004.
The proposed parcel tax would prevent library closures and extend operating hours, continuing to provide a safe place for students after school. It could create more permanent staff positions, increase budgets for books and other materials, and provide funds for the purchase of new furniture and equipment.
The process of placing this measure on the ballot needs your help. It will go through the review process with city council committees and then will be reviewed by the council as a whole. To show support for the measure we library advocates need to make our presence felt.
Please attend the city council meeting at City Hall, and stand up for our libraries!
2/6/18, city council Meeting, 5:30 p.m.
To let the OPL Advocates know that you will attend the meeting and to confirm date and time, or for more information contact OPLAdvocates@gmail.com