Excellent libraries are essential to
our quality of life in Santa Cruz County. YES on R protects
and maintains our libraries, with NO increase in taxes.
Measure R is NOT a new tax, and the tax
rate will NOT increase. YES on R simply continues existing
library funding before it expires. Without your vote, our
libraries will lose more than half of their funding, and
will be forced to make deep cutbacks in book collections,
services, and hours.
Our libraries are critical to promoting
childhood learning and development. Last year over 600,000
children’s books were checked out—and 40,000 kids attended
library reading/education programs.
YES on R maintains programs, summer Reading
Clubs, and Story Time, and provides books for children.
YES on R increases resource materials for
school-age children, and continues programs for teens/pre-teens.
By providing adult literacy and outreach
services for seniors and the homebound, YES on R makes
our libraries accessible to all. By updating book collections,
electronic databases and other technologies, YES on R ensures
that information is freely available to everyone. By laying
the groundwork for a new Felton Branch Library, YES on
R continues to build the library system we need!
With 1.5 million library visits and 2.5
million items checked out in the past year, our libraries
are places to learn for kids, families and communities.
Measure R ensures that our Boulder Creek, Felton, Scotts
Valley, Garfield, Santa Cruz, Branciforte, Live Oak, Soquel,
Aptos, LaSelva Beach, Freedom and Watsonville libraries
can continue to serve you.
YES on R includes strong fiscal accountability
requirements, such as annual, independent financial audits
and independent Citizen’s Oversight to ensure money is
spent as promised.
Vote YES on R – for our libraries now and
in the future. Visit KeepOurLibrariesStrong.com for
information or a lawn sign.
s/ Gayle T. Ortiz
Owner, Gayle's Bakery; Former Capitola Councilmember
s/ George Ow, Jr.
Local Business Owner and Philanthropist
s/ Mary E. Hammer
s/ Tila Guerrero
Business Owner, Community Volunteer
s/ Dan Haifley
Director, O'Neill Sea Odyssey, Environmental Educator