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Pomona Library Parcel Tax, Measure X (November 2012)

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A City of Pomona Library Parcel Tax ballot question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Pomona in Los Angeles County, where it was defeated.[1]

Measure X would have levied a parcel tax of $38 per parcel. This tax was not designed to expire in a set time; i.e., it would have been a permanent new tax. It was expected to generate about $1.5 million a year for the city's library.[1]

If the measure had passed, the library would have had to stay open at least 38 hours covering at least 5 days every week. Currently, the library is open 20 hours a week.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure X
Defeatedd No11,94739.37%
Yes 18,395 60.63%
Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.'

Ballot title/text

When the Pomona City Council originally voted to refer the measure to the ballot, they gave it the ballot title "Adopting a Special Library Parcel Tax." On Friday, August 10, the city council voted 4-0 to change the title to "Save Our Pomona Public Library."

Paula Lantz, one of the members of the city council, said that the change came about because they were told by a group that supports the tax that calling it a parcel tax might decrease the chance that voters would say "yes."[2]

Elliott Rothman, Pomona's mayor, argued in favor of the original wording because, he said, the measure is in fact for a parcel tax.

Lantz said that the advocacy group that will be campaigning in favor of the measure has already created a website based on the initials "Save Our Pomona Public Library" and that the city should follow the lead of the advocacy organization.[2]

Path to the ballot

The Pomona City Council voted 6-0 to refer the measure to the ballot.

See also

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