Pike library tax referendum (2009)
The referendum called for a one mill tax on the assessed value of every homeowner’s property. In other words, a homeowner would multiply .001 times his or her assessed value. The estimated annual total per household is said to be $35.00. If approved the tax is estimated to generate approximately $1.1 million. The library is currently facing a $19,000 shortfall. The amount collected is expected to cover the shortfall and to be used towards a possible building expansion.
|Pike library tax referendum|
“Should Pike County levy a special tax of 1 mill dedicated solely to the maintenance, improvement and regional extension of library services and facilities throughout the County, for the use of all residents of Pike County, (1 mill is .001 times the assessed value of your individual property or properties; for example, if the assessed value shown on your tax bill is $35,000, the tax you will pay will be $35.00).”
The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) opposed this measure because they said the measure will most likely increase taxes and expand government. The measure is listed on NTU's 2009 General Election Ballot Guide. (dead link)
There was an issue with this ballot issue when the Pike County Board of Elections removed it from the November ballot in the Delaware Township because they had stated that the township library was separate from the county libraries. But a judge ruled that the Board should not have taken it off the township's ballot, so it is back on to be voted by residents on November 3. The Delaware library does not meet the requirements to be a local library so it is considered to get funds from the county. This issue will be voted on by all voters in the county.
Path to the ballot
The petition drive took place between the dates of August 4, 2009 and August 25, 2009. The effort was being led by petition coordinator Kathe Brannon. Brannon had called on the local group The Friends of the Pike County Public Library to help circulation, which the group had agreed to do.
On August 25, 2009, signatures were submitted that doubled the required amount for an election in November. A press release stated that the group organizing the petition gathered 1,500 signatures from registered voters. However, according to reports, the library board and the county will meet during the week of September 1, 2009 to discuss the wording of the ballot.
Approximately 700 signatures were required for the referendum to be placed on the ballot. The petition drive was expected to be held between August 4, 2009 through August 25, 2009.
- Wayne Independent, "Pike Library hosts meetings on November vote," July 11, 2009
- Pocono Record, "Pike library to petition for 1 mill county tax referendum in Nov.," June 19,2009
- Pike County Municipal Elections (dead link)
- Pocono Record, "Judge's decision restores Pike library referendum," October 27, 2009
- The Pike County Press, "Friends of Library Support Tax Petition," July 31, 2009
- Pike County Press, "Library gets signatures in to county," August 27, 2009