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Referenda Roundup 2019

October 24, 2019

ALABAMA In Leeds, voters rejected a proposed property tax increase of 9 mills by 1,506 to 971 in January. The funds generated would have gone toward the construction of a new library as well as a new high school athletics complex and other projects. ARIZONA In Phoenix, Proposition 106—which would have capped budgets for some … Continue reading Referenda Roundup 2019

Referenda Roundup 2018

November 8, 2018

It’s worth noting that several of this year’s losses came about via a narrow margin. In Bayfield, Colorado, for example, a proposal to increase the Pine River Public Library District’s mill levy from 2.5 to 4.5 mills failed by just 10 votes. And it took just 113 votes to defeat a tax rate increase that … Continue reading Referenda Roundup 2018

Referenda Roundup

Referenda Roundup 2016

January 3, 2017

This year we took a closer look at the population density of the communities that placed library referenda before the voters. The Institute of Museum and Library Services groups the nation’s 17,566 library outlets into four geographic locales: cities, suburbs, towns, and rural areas. While all public libraries strive to transform communities through innovative programs … Continue reading Referenda Roundup 2016

Referenda Roundup

Referenda Roundup

January 4, 2016

The amount of requested funding ranged from a $22 million bond for two new libraries and renovations in Spokane Valley, Washington, to a no-cost advisory referendum in Colfax, Wisconsin, to assess voter preferences for its library facility. The Spokane Valley bond failed narrowly, with 57% of the 60% required voters saying yes. Colfax voters preferred … Continue reading Referenda Roundup


Referenda Roundup 2014

January 2, 2015

The vote on library referenda determines whether or not libraries can support their operating budgets, make improvements, and stay current with technology resources. Passage of referenda also helps build new libraries that support the growing US population. The Institute of Museum and Library Services reports that 299.9 million people, or 95.3% of the US population, … Continue reading Referenda Roundup 2014

Update: 6 Referenda to Watch

November 6, 2014

On Tuesday, we previewed six pivotal referenda across the country that put the fate of local library funding up for a vote. With all precincts now reporting, here’s a look at how the ballots were cast: Funding Approved Cape Elizabeth, Maine – Voters approved a plan to renovate and expand the Thomas Memorial Library. Falmouth, Maine … Continue reading Update: 6 Referenda to Watch

Election Day Results: Citizens Vote ‘Yes’ on Library Funding

November 5, 2014

Election Day 2014 turned out to be a success for many library systems across the country seeking to raise or continue funding. Here are some early returns on local library victories: Voters approved a $108.5-million plan by the Charleston County (S.C.) Public Library to build five new facilities, renovate 13 others, and complete a system-wide technology … Continue reading Election Day Results: Citizens Vote ‘Yes’ on Library Funding


Referenda Roundup

December 16, 2013

As libraries look forward, the question to ask is this: What factors influence people to vote yes or no on library referenda? The overarching challenge of developing a successful referendum campaign is to build trust and establish a compelling need. Meeting that challenge requires a campaign that clearly identifies three key things: (1) the amount … Continue reading Referenda Roundup