Aurora City Library District Levy Increase (November 2011)

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An Aurora City Library District Levy Increase measure was on the November 1, 2011 ballot in the city of Aurora, which is in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas Counties.

This measure was defeated

  • YES 4,830 (40.81%)
  • NO 7,006 (59.19%)Defeatedd[1]

This measure sought to increase the current city property tax by a rate of $25 a year per $200,000 of assessed property value. The money would have gone towards the Mission Viejo library district area in the city. The city had initially closed the library due to lack of funds, but residents had argued that the city was supposed to allow the library to stay open longer due to previous agreements. So this measure was placed on the ballot to provide funds for the library district.[2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

SHALL THE MISSION VIEJO LIBRARY GENERAL IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT BE ORGANIZED IN THE CITY OF AURORA, COLORADO, AND SHALL DISTRICT TAXES BE INCREASED NOT TO EXCEED $750,000 ANNUALLY, PAYABLE COMMENCING IN 2012, BY AN AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX MILL LEVY IMPOSED AT A RATE SUFFICIENT TO PRODUCE THE ANNUAL REVENUES SPECIFIED ABOVE WHICH, IN 2011, IS APPROXIMATELY $25 PER YEAR ON A $200,000 HOME, ALL TO PROVIDE FOR THE FOLLOWING SERVICES AT THE MISSION VIEJO LIBRARY: (I) RESTORING AND IMPROVING SERVICES AND FACILITIES; (II) INCREASING HOURS OF OPERATION ; ( III) RENOVATION OF THE FACILITY; AND (IV) PROVIDING ENHANCED LIBRARY SERVICES, SUCH AS BUYING NEW BOOKS, LIBRARY LITERACY PROGRAMS AND MEDIA; PROVIDED THAT: (I) THE RATE OF SUCH TAX MAY BE ADJUSTED TO ACCOUNT FOR CHANGES IN LAW OR IN THE METHOD OF CALCULATING ASSESSED VALUATION SO THAT SUCH CHANGES WILL NOT IMPACT THE REVENUES GENERATED BY SUCH TAX, AND (II) SUCH TAX SHALL BE SPENT AS A VOTER-APPROVED REVENUE CHANGE AND AN EXCEPTION TO ANY LIMITS THAT WOULD OTHERWISE APPLY UNDER THE CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THIS STATE AND THE AURORA CITY CHARTER; AND (III) ANY INCREASE TO THE ANNUAL DISTRICT COSTS OF $750,000 MUST BE VOTER APPROVED?[3][4]

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