Keep the library open: Yes on Measure F |

Keep the library open: Yes on Measure F

Measure F, the tax proposal set to appear on the March 8 ballot for El Dorado County, would basically extend a 10-year parcel tax to support the South Lake Tahoe branch of the El Dorado County Library.

Because of the importance of the library in our day-to-day lives, and the lives of local children, support for extending the 10-year-old resolution makes sense. Libraries are an essential part of a successful community. Without the funding Measure F would provide, the operation of the Tahoe branch of the county library would be in jeopardy.

And the sacrifice for real estate owners is relatively small, considering the benefits a good library brings to the community, and the way those benefits affect real estate values in the long run. Most single-family residences and parcels would pay $15 dollars a year at the beginning, and that amount would be adjusted for inflation over the next 10 years, in a calculation using the consumer price index. Over the 10-year life of the measure, the tax would be capped at $20.

The tax would be applied differently for apartments and mobile home parks, and taxes levied per apartment or per mobile home would be less. Churches, cemeteries and schools would be exempt.

While we feel confident most voters will support Measure F, it is important for supporters to cast a ballot – F requires a two-thirds majority, a high standard to meet at a time when some feel hesitant to support any tax, even one as important as this.

While it is sometimes hard for community members to add to their tax burdens, Measure F is a good example of a worthwhile sacrifice. Vote yes on Measure F.

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