California Proposition 14, Bonds for Libraries (2000)

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California Proposition 14 was on the March 7, 2000 ballot in California as a legislatively-referred bond act, where it was approved.

Proposition 14 authorized a $350 million bond for public libraries and literacy programs. The funds were used to provide grants to local governments to:

  • Construct new libraries
  • Expand or renovate existing libraries
  • Related furnishings and equipment.[1]

Under the terms of Proposition 14:

  • Local governments would have to pay 35% of the costs of library projects funded through a Proposition 14 grant.
  • The size of the grants could be as low as $50,000 or as high as $20 million.
  • A six-member state board was created to adopt policies for Proposition 14 giving and to make the final choices about which grants were approved.[1]

Proposition 14 was similar to Proposition 85 from 1988. Proposition 85 authorized $75 million in spending for local libraries.[1]

General obligation bonds of the type authorized by Proposition 14 are backed by the State of California, which means that the state is required to pay the principal and interest costs on the bonds.

Election results

Proposition 14
Approveda Yes 4,298,471 59.0%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2000


The summary of the ballot measure prepared by the California Attorney General read:

  • This act provides for a bond issue of three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000) to provide funds for the construction and renovation of public library facilities in order to expand access to reading and literacy programs in California's public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents of California.
  • Appropriates money from state General Fund to pay off bonds.

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The California Legislative Analyst's Office provided an estimate of net state and local government fiscal impact for Proposition 14. That estimate was:

  • State cost of about $600 million over 25 years to pay off both the principal ($350 million) and interest ($250 million) costs on the bonds. Payments of about $24 million per year.
  • One-time local costs (statewide) of $190 million to pay for a share of library facility projects. Potential additional local operating costs (statewide) ranging from several million dollars to over $10 million each year.

Campaign spending

$166,787 was spent in favor of the measure, while there was no opposition campaign.

Path to the ballot

Proposition 14 was voted onto the ballot by the California State Legislature via Senate Bill 3 of the 1999-2000 Regular Session (Chapter 726, Statutes of 1999).

Votes in legislature to refer to ballot
Chamber Ayes Noes
Assembly 59 15
Senate 34 3

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