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Library tax measure may be on ballot

The county’s library system could improve hours and services if the Board of Supervisors approves a one-eighth-cent tax measure for 10 years, that the electorate could vote on in the November general election.

The proposed one-eighth-cent sales tax could raise an estimated $8 million a year for the financially-strapped library system. As a specialized tax, it would require a two-thirds majority to pass.

Mary Evelyn Arnold, who has been a library commissioner for six years, but will be off the commission on Friday, thinks the tax is a good idea.

“I have high hopes the supervisors will put the tax on the ballot,” she said. “I think people will support both a road tax and a library tax.”

Currently, the libraries exist on property taxes with a budget of about $15 million a year.

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