Pomona Library Parcel Tax, Measure X (November 2012)
Measure X would have levied a parcel tax of $38 per parcel. This tax was not designed to expire in a set time; i.e., it would have been a permanent new tax. It was expected to generate about $1.5 million a year for the city's library.
If the measure had passed, the library would have had to stay open at least 38 hours covering at least 5 days every week. Currently, the library is open 20 hours a week.
A two-thirds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- Final official results from the Los Angeles County elections office.'
When the Pomona City Council originally voted to refer the measure to the ballot, they gave it the ballot title "Adopting a Special Library Parcel Tax". On Friday, August 10, the city council voted 4-0 to change the title to "Save Our Pomona Public Library".
Paula Lantz, one of the members of the city council, said that the change came about because they were told by a group that supports the tax that calling it a parcel tax might decrease the chance that voters would say "yes".
Elliott Rothman, Pomona's mayor, argued in favor of the original wording because, he said, the measure is in fact for a parcel tax.
Lantz said that the advocacy group that will be campaigning in favor of the measure has already created a website based on the initials "Save Our Pomona Public Library" and that the city should follow the lead of the advocacy organization.
Path to the ballot
The Pomona City Council voted 6-0 to refer the measure to the ballot.