Anythink Library system tax increase fails

Voters turn back property tax increase for added hours, expanded services

Posted 11/6/19

A definitive no vote on an Anythink Library property tax increase will send library officials back to the drawing board.

“There may have been some anti-tax sentiments that worked against us, …

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Anythink Library system tax increase fails

Voters turn back property tax increase for added hours, expanded services

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A definitive no vote on an Anythink Library property tax increase will send library officials back to the drawing board.

“There may have been some anti-tax sentiments that worked against us, however we need to take some time now to listen to our community, talk with our advisors, stakeholders and board and make some decisions about what's next,” said Stacie Ledden, Anythink's director of innovations and brand strategy.

Voters turned back the library system's request for additional funding 39,666 no votes to 35,988 yeses.

The plan would have increased the library's property tax rate by 2.2 mills — an additional $3.96 per month for a home valued at $300,000. It would have boosted the library system's annual budget from $19 million by $12.3 million.

The library system, which operates seven branches throughout Adams County, had big plans for that money — expanding services and operating hours, buying new books and equipment and expanding services.
Anythink's board of trustees also adopted a strategic plan last year that called for adding branches and creating new technology and career programs. Those are on hold now, Ledden said.

“Four of our seven branches cannot open on Mondays,” Ledden said. “This was going to let us change that, but we are not going to be able to do that now. This was going to allow us to buy more materials, to cut down on wait times and expand some spaces. We are really at capacity in so many ways and now we need to take a look at all this.”

Anythink's property tax mill rate has not changed since 2006.

Ledden said the next steps are up to the trustees, now.

“We really need to respect the community's perspective and humbly listen to what people are saying,” Ledden said. “We need to take a look now at how we move forward. That's our job now, to look at these challenges and decide how to meet them.”

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