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Bridgeport Library Referendum (November 2009)

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There was a Bridgeport Library Referendum on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Fairfield County.

This measure passed.

This referendum was brought about by the Bridgeport Public Libraries whom formed a committee called the Liberate Libraries Committee to try to advance the measure onto the ballot and now with voters. The local libraries have suffered a 16% budget cut for the past two years and this election they decided to try and do something to reverse the effects of the budget cuts. This referendum would force the city officials to reallocate money towards library use, but does not raise taxes or seek to finance the extra money by any means. If the referendum passed, the city officials would need to raise taxes on their own or find another means to cope with the larger budgetary needs. Members of the library committee see it as a way for voters to tell the city they want their libraries better funded.[1]

Although this measure passed, it is still unclear where the funds will come from which will be allocated towards the library. How also will the city redirect these funds is still unclear.[2]