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File #: 12-0719    Version: 1
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 6/5/2012 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 7/24/2012 Final action: 7/24/2012
Title: Chief Administrative Office and Library recommending the Board: 1) Receive presentation regarding status of library system funding; and 2) Adopt Resolution 099-2012 placing a measure on the November 6, 2012 ballot to: a) Cease collection of existing library special taxes and benefit assessments in County Service Area No. 10; and b) Establish a uniform library special tax for County Service Area No. 10 and its zones of benefit to maintain and enhance the library system. (Est. Time: 15 Min.)
Attachments: 1. A - Library Tax Resolution.pdf, 2. B - 12-0719 - Library Presentation, 3. C - Doc submitted by Norma Santiago 7-24-12.pdf, 4. Fully executed Resolution 099-2012.pdf
Title
Chief Administrative Office and Library recommending the Board:
1) Receive presentation regarding status of library system funding; and
2) Adopt Resolution 099-2012 placing a measure on the November 6, 2012 ballot to:
a) Cease collection of existing library special taxes and benefit assessments in County Service Area No. 10; and
b) Establish a uniform library special tax for County Service Area No. 10 and its zones of benefit to maintain and enhance the library system. (Est. Time: 15 Min.)


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Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
There is no change to Net County Cost. If this recommendation is approved and the ballot measure passes, it will result in a net increase in County Service Area 10 tax revenue estimated at $180,000.

Background
Total library operations are $3,334,010. Of this amount, taxes and other revenues constitute the majority of funding for the libraries (55%). The Fiscal Year 2012-13 General Fund contribution (Net County Cost) for the El Dorado County Library system is $1,488,565 (45% of total library funding).

The system consists of six community libraries that are tied together with a central administrative, technological and programmatic function. Most of the General Fund contribution to the library supports these central operations. The remaining General Fund contribution helps to subsidize individual branch operations as needed to provide basic library services.

In addition to this support from the County General Fund, Government Code 25213(d) expressly authorizes a county service area to provide library services and facilities. In 1993, the Board of Supervisors added library services to County Service Area No. 10, and authorized the creation of zones of benefits. In most zones, voters have chosen to adopt a special tax or assessment to provide an enhanced level of library services.

However, each library tax is a different amount based on a different formula. For example:

Zone D (Cameron Park) pays a $25 benefit as...

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