Last week, we posted asking you to voice your support to City Council for creating a library district.
Now, we have lift-off —and your voices helped to make it happen!
In Tuesday’s study session, a majority of Council agreed to move toward formation of the library district by resolution. An April 5 joint public hearing with Boulder County Commissioners is tentatively scheduled to vote on the resolution. The elected bodies’ next steps will be guided by the recommendations from the 12-member Library District Advisory Committee, which was reviewed by Council on Tuesday.
Strong support for moving forward was signaled by Council Members: Aaron Brockett, Rachel Friend, Matt Benjamin, Nicole Speer, Lauren Folkerts, Junie Joseph, and Tara Winer.
If you haven’t done so already, please take a moment to reach out and share your support for a library district with County Commissioners — who will be taking up the issue on Thursday. Commissioners are especially interested in hearing support for the library district from people living in the unincorporated County.
Among the issues raised Tuesday that still need to be worked out:
- Formal boundaries of the library district (awaiting input from County Commission and final precincts drawn after redistricting).
- Actual mill amount — 3.7 mills (raising ~$19M annually for a district) or 3.8 mills (raising ~$19.5M).
- Whether the city should ‘convey’ library buildings to the new district, or enter into a long-term lease (99 years) with the district for a nominal amount (typically $1 per year).
- Figuring out whether grants could be possible to limit near-term property-tax impacts on homeowners impacted by the Marshall Fire, seniors on fixed incomes and small businesses who rent commercial space.
- Public-engagement around reallocation of City budget dollars freed up should the library district measure pass. Discussions on the table include asking Boulder voters whether to repeal or reallocate (for other purposes) the existing .333 mills currently dedicated to our library, and what categories of services and programs the roughly $10M freed up in the city general fund.
Much work remains to be done before the library district question is formally referred to voters, but Tuesday’s council study session was a significant milestone in our years-long effort.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT IN HELPING US GET THIS FAR!
Juana Gomez and the Boulder Library Champions
Tips and Talking Points for Contacting Public Decisionmakers
If needed, use the talking points below for your email, but do customize them and use your own framing and words.
My name is ______ and I live in _______. [Share your personal Boulder (or any) library story, and what libraries mean to you]
I support a library district because... [pick 1-2 items from below! Keep it brief!]
I urge County Commission to support the Library District Advisory Committee's recommendations and let the voters decide.