What is the bill?
H.B. 2379 proposes to cap secondary tax increases for library free districts. The cap begins immediately in Tax Year 2014, which started January 1, 2014. This bill proposal will place a severe and immediate limit on the Library District revenue in Fiscal Year 20145-2015.
What is the impact?
The Pima County Free Library District is the only library district in Arizona that services the entire County. The District completely finances and operates all 27 library branches in Pima County, including libraries in cities of Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Sahuarita and South Tucson.
Library District revenue is the only tax money used to operate those 27 branches. No County general funds or any incorporated jurisdiction tax dollars are used to support any of these libraries, the library system or Library services.
If passed as written this bill will force closure of ten existing library branches on or before June 30, 2014, prevent the construction of any new libraries for at least the next decade, and terminate numerous library services including computer classes, homework help, book mobile and other delivery services, and adult and juvenile detention services. Read more on the impact here and here.
How can we stop this bill and save our libraries? Here is what you can do to help:
Pima County libraries are an immeasurable asset to the community and if we want to keep them around we will need to fight. A diverse coalition of individuals and organizations have committed to protecting our libraries from attack year after year.
- Attend a community meeting to learn more about the bill, how library funding works, and what we can do to help libraries.
Tuesday, Feb. 11
Murphy-Wilmot Branch Library
530 N Wilmot Rd
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Valencia Branch Library
202 W Valencia Rd
Monday, Feb. 24
Joel D Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Ave
Saturday, Mar. 1
Nanini Branch Library
7300 N Shannon Rd
Additional forums coming soon in Sahuarita, Oro Valley, & Marana
- Find your local legislator and write or call to urge them to oppose H.B. 2379 and save Pima County libraries.
Here is a sample script you can use while talking or writing to them.
- Hi. My name is _____ and I live in _____. I am a constituent of Senator/Representative ______ and I would like to speak to someone about HB 2379 today.I am calling today to urge Senator/Representative ___________ to vote against HB 2379, which if passed will really hurt libraries. It severely limits the property tax adjustments that libraries rely on for funding and it subjects our libraries to an arbitrary funding formula set by the state.I love my library and the services it provides like_______________.I do not want to see libraries close or those services cut. Public libraries are an invaluable community resource and I hope Sen./Rep. ____________ recognizes that.
For any questions about the campaign or how you can get involved contact Maya Castillo at 520 – 884 – 8100
Check out some of our partners below who have committed to protecting Pima County Libraries!
Dr. Eve Shapiro
Jean Lewis, Retired PCPL Librarian
Joan (Betsy) Stunz, Retired PCPL Librarian