Learn the facts about MEASURE L, the Public Library Funding Charter Amendment:
Measure L, the Public Library Funding Charter Amendment, on the MARCH 8, 2011 ballot will increase the Los Angeles Public Library's share of existing city funds.
Measure L also will increase the Library's responsibility for its direct and indirect costs, which include utilities, building maintenance, pensions, and other costs for operation.
Measure L will provide additional funds to:
(1) help restore 6-day service at all libraries and eventually 7-day service at nine neighborhood libraries
(2) purchase library books and materials
(3) support library programs
Measure L will not require residents or property owners to pay more taxes or fees, but will progressively increase the Library's share of existing funds.
FACT: Library hours have been cut 3 times in the past 12 months, reducing library service from 7 days/week to 5 days/week for the first time in the Library's 140-year history.
FACT: Los Angeles Public Library staff has been cut by 28%.
Measure L IS NOT A NEW TAX and its funds are subject to audits.
Measure L requires a simple majority (50%+ 1) of votes to pass.
If approved, new funding could be available as early as July 2011. Within 4 years, Measure L will increase the Library's Charter-required funding from the current .0175% to a maximum of 0.0300% (approx. 1 cent to 3 cents) of each $100 of assessed tax value on property within the city and provide funds needed to restore 6-day and 7-day a week library service citywide.