Forming a library district would free up at least $9.7 million/year in the city budget. The library district would be responsible to implement the community’s vision for our library, so funding for increased staffing, future capital projects and maintenance of facilities (including the facilities backlog) would no longer be a city responsibility.
These revenues would be freed up to go to other programs and services, or be refunded to taxpayers. Savings over ten years would add up to over $100 million dollars.
Most library districts continue to rely on their city government to provide administrative overhead services. “Contracting back” with the library district for these services would turn this paper revenue stream into a real revenue stream of up to $3.4M/year.
The chart below compares cost savings realized by the city if a library district is formed, compared against city "unfunded needs" projected from 2025 forward.
Read on for details about how forming a library district can help relieve pressure on the Boulder city budget.Read more
Boulder's City government implements over 300 "community" and "governance" programs spread across 21 departments. Community programs provide direct service to residents and businesses, while governance programs provide support services to other city departments.
More than 50% of the operating budget goes to 5 departments: police, open space and mountain parks, parks & recreation, utilities and city governance/administration (city council, attorney’s office, clerk, communications, city manager, finance, HR, IT).
Note that “governance” includes city debt payments and operating reserves. The city has been building towards a 20% operating reserve for the last ten years.
Can you join our team of volunteers to help secure our library's future? Where you can help:
- Reach out to your friends, neighbors, and network to ask them to support sustainable funding for our Boulder Public Library.
- Host a house party to help spread the word and raise funds for the election campaign.
- Become part of our communications team: develop messaging and outreach plans, spread the word through social media, be a point person for news outlets.
- Collect signatures on our ballot petition drive.
- Walk neighborhoods to encourage residents to support our library.
- Help to Get Out the Vote for the November 5th election!
Enter your info here to be added to our volunteer list for one or more roles. You can also email us at email@example.com with questions or other ideas for how you might help.
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We are gathering signatures to let our community vote on sustainable funding for our library.
The petition we are circulating will allow our community to create and fund a library district - an equitable, accountable and sustainable way to operate our library and ensure that it has adequate funding. You can learn more about library districts and our library's funding needs on our Why page.
The petition reads:
A petition to allow the voters to determine whether to organize a public library district and impose an ad valorem property tax not to exceed 4 mills for expansion of library services, maintenance and operations of library facilities, and opening new branch libraries within the areas shown on this map.
Colorado law allow citizens to petition to vote on how to fund our library. By signing this petition you will help to ensure our community can vote on the formation of a library district on November. 5th.
Want to help us gather signatures?
Will you ask your friends and neighbors to sign a petition?
We are also recruiting volunteers to circulate petitions in front of Main and the Reynolds, Meadows and NoBo branches on Saturday mornings, Sundays, Monday mornings and Friday mornings.
If sign up on our volunteer page, a member of the campaign team will contact you with more information.
Want to sign a petition?
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will connect you with a petition signature collector!