One of the ways that the State Legislature can solve part of their budget shortfall is to enact Proposition 1A (passed in 2004) that allows the State to borrow 8% of the local government property tax with the requirement that it be paid back within three years, with interest. For the Alameda County Library, the 8% would equal about $1.2 million which would be a “hit” on top of other previous reductions and significantly affect the Library’s ability to provide library materials and programs. A $1.2 million loss will reduce library staff and possibly reduce library hours.
Library supporters are being urged now to contact our local officials in Sacramento to share their concern about this in light of the high use of libraries during these difficult economic times.
Albany’s State representatives are: Assemblymember Nancy Skinner; phone: 916-319-319-2014; fax: 916-319-2114 and Senator Loni Hancock; phone:916-651-4010; fax:916-327-1997