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City of Guadalupe Library Parcel Tax, Measure I (November 2012)

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A City of Guadalupe Library Parcel Tax, Measure I ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of Guadalupe in Santa Barbara County, where it was defeated.[1]

If Measure I had been approved, it would have created a $20/year parcel tax applied to the approximately 1,400 parcels in the city. The tax was to be in effect for 8 years and generate about $34,000 each year it was in effect.

Guadalupe's library is located in the Plaza de Guadalupe on West Main Street. In March 2012, the library said it could no longer afford to pay the $22,000 annual rent on that location. This called into doubt the ability of the library to keep its doors open, and led to the movement to put the parcel tax on the ballot.

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

Election results

Measure I
Defeatedd No56441.90%
Yes 782 58.10%
Final certified results from the Santa Barbara County elections office.


Lupe Alvarez, the mayor of Guadalupe, said, "The library is important to the community, the kids who do research there who go to Kermit McKenzie across the street, and those who are unemployed and might be searching online for jobs or working on their résumés."[2]

"Friends of the Guadalupe Library" also supported the measure.

Path to the ballot

The Guadalupe City Council voted unanimously to refer the measure to the November 6, 2012, ballot.[1]

See also


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