Town of San Anselmo Library Parcel Tax, Measure E (June 2014)

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A Town of San Anselmo Library Parcel Tax, Measure E ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in Town of San Anselmo in Marin County, California, where it was approved.[1]

Measure E authorized the town to impose an additional parcel tax of $54 per year per parcel for 9 years, with an annual 3 percent cost of living increase. The revenue from this tax was allocated to support the operation of the town's library. A provision of the measure dictated that if the town's funding of the library dropped below the 2012-2013 level of $449,765 by more than 10 percent, the Measure E parcel tax will no longer be levied.[2]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for the approval of Measure E.

Election results

Measure E
Approveda Yes 2,355 72.73%
Election results from County of Marin Elections Department

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[3]

To maintain and enhance San Anselmo Library open hours, adult and children's programs, and general library services, shall an ordinance be adopted approving a Special Library Services Tax of $54.00 per year per real estate parcel located in San Anselmo with a three percent (3%) annual cost of living increase, for a period of nine (9) years to augment money from the Town of San Anselmo's funding of library services and with expenditures monitored by an oversight committee? [4]

Fiscal impact

The following impartial analysis of Measure E was prepared by the office of the town attorney:[3]

If approved by the voters, the measure would adopt a Town of San Anselmo ordinance imposing a Special Li brary Services Tax on all residential and non-residential parcels in San Anselmo, the proceeds of which would be used exclusively for library services at the San Anselmo Public Library. The special tax would be imposed each year for nine years starting in fiscal year 2015-2016, at the rate of $54 per parcel on all parcels. The tax would increase each year by 3% as a result of a cost of living adjustment. The tax would be included on and payable with the property owner's Marin County property tax bill.

The measure would require that the tax proceeds be used only locally to maintain and enhance San Anselmo Library open hours, adult and children's programs, and general library services.

The measure would require that the tax proceeds be placed into a separate account subject to an annual report by the Town's Finance Director. In addition, the measure requires the Town Council to establish a Library Tax Over - sight Committee to review and report on the use of the revenues generated by Special Library Services Tax.

The purpose of the tax would be to augment the Town of San Anselmo's funding for the Library, and not to replace such funding. Accordingly, if the Town were to reduce its annual funding of the Library, then the tax would continue only if the Town's funding of the Library were to remain above ninety percent of the amount budgeted for 2012-2013. That amount is $449,765. If the Town Council were to adopt a budget that reduced Library funding below that amount, then the tax would no longer be levied.

The measure would provide a full or partial rebate of the tax, upon approved application to the Town's Tax Equity Board, for any person claiming inability to pay the tax. Pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIB, the measure would provide that the appropriations limit for the Town would be increased one times the aggregate sum authorized to be levied as a special tax in each of the nine years proposed for the Special Library Services Tax. To become effective, the measure must be approved by two-thirds of the electors voting at the election.

A YES vote approves the measure. A NO vote rejects the measure. [4]

—Robert F. Epstein, Town Attorney of San Anselmo[3]



The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure E:[3]

  • Tom McInerney, San Anselmo Mayor
  • Kay Coleman, San Anselmo Council Member
  • Annelise Bauer, Ross Valley School Board Member

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure E:[3]

In 2010, San Anselmo voters overwhelmingly passed a Library Parcel Tax to enhance and improve the San An - selmo Public Library. That measure has succeeded in adding Library hours, services and a children's librarian, but is about to expire. Measure E will renew and augment those funds, ensuring the continuation of service improvements gained since 2010, including:

  • Ten additional open hours each week
  • Expanded access to over 11 million titles through
  • The purchase of eBooks, eAudio books and eMagazines
  • Reading and story time programs for toddlers and preschoolers
  • Arts, culture and educational programs for children and teens, including poetry writing, book groups and storytelling
  • Expanded adult programs featuring arts, cuisine, travel and gardens
  • The Discover & Go free museum pass program for Bay Area museums
  • The addition of online language learning resources
  • Wired Wednesday technology assistance for Library patrons
  • A curb-side book-drop on Library Place

The community-based Parcel Tax Oversight Committee has worked hard to ensure that the parcel tax money has been spent as the voters intended. Since 2010, the Library has increased circulation 25%, program participation has increased 300%, and Library visits have reached 104,000 per year.

The San Anselmo Town Council unanimously approved this ballot measure to ensure that the Library programs and services added in recent years will continue and that future enhancements can be made + all for less than the cost of one movie ticket per month.

Please vote "yes" on this measure to maintain the gains and continue the progress that has been made in the development of many exciting and educational Library programs that serve the entire community. [4]

—Tom McInerney, Kay Coleman and Annelise Bauer[3]


No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure E. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

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