El Dorado County Library Parcel Tax, Measure L (November 2012)

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An El Dorado County Library Parcel Tax, Measure L ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in El Dorado County, where it was defeated.

Measure L would have imposed a county-wide parcel tax for 15 years to support libraries in the county. The tax was to be $17.58 per parcel. The tax would have been $14.06 per apartment unit, $8.78 for mobile homes in parks and for unimproved parcels, and $1.00 per interval week for timeshares. The Measure L tax was expected to generate about $1.6 million a year.

The Measure L tax would have replaced the existing library parcel taxes or fees in Cameron Park, El Dorado Hills, South Lake Tahoe and Georgetown areas.

There are six public libraries in El Dorado County and the proceeds of Measure L would have supported all of them. Their combined budget in 2012/2013 was about $3.1 million. The county's general fund pays about $1.3 million per year toward the combined costs of the six public libraries in the county.

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

Election results

Measure L
Defeatedd No46,05054.96%
Yes 37,745 45.04%
Final official results from the El Dorado County elections office.



The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure L were signed by:

  • Ellen Day, President, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County
  • Vicki L. Barber, County Superintendent
  • El Dorado County Chamber, Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO
  • Kathleen G. McCoy, President, League of Women Voters of El Dorado County
  • Larren W. Calderwood, President, Friends of the Library of El Dorado County

Arguments in favor

Arguments made in the official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure L included:

  • "Measure L is fair. Taxes should be fair for everyone, but current library taxes are unequal. Some areas of the county pay a library tax and some do not. Measure L requires uniform tax rates for all areas of the county."
  • "Measure L is simple. The tax rate can’t grow faster than the economy, the amount of tax is capped, and it expires in 15 years."
  • "Measure L is necessary. Some library taxes are expiring soon, and the library faces further significant budget cuts that will mean reductions in services."
  • "Measure L funds can only be used to improve and operate our libraries – guaranteed. They cannot be diverted to other programs."
  • "Measure L is a good investment in our communities. Libraries enrich the quality of our lives, increase local property values and are a valuable resource for our children and seniors. Libraries are vital to job seekers, those who are starting new businesses, and people who need access to new technology."
  • "Measure L helps our children. Parents know that our libraries are safe environments for students to get homework help and participate in enriching activities. Our libraries provide educational programs for young children that prepare them to be ready to learn to read by the time they enter kindergarten."

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure L: "To maintain library services, shall El Dorado County levy a special tax within CSA10, commencing in fiscal year 2013/2014, and expiring after 15 years, at the following rates (with annual increases up to 3%): base tax of $17.58 per parcel, 80% of the base tax per multi-family residential dwelling unit, 50% of the base tax per mobilehome for parcels containing mobilehome parks, 50% of the base tax for unimproved parcels, and $1.00 per timeshare?[1]

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