McCloud voters asked to raise library parcel tax to $12

Skye Kinkade

In 1997, McCloud residents approved a special parcel tax of $8 per year to fund the library. In November, voters will decide whether to raise that amount to $12 per parcel in order to keep the library up and running.

Measure Q would need two-thirds voter approval to pass. If it is not successful, the original 1997 library special tax will remain in effect.

In the past 15 years, Siskiyou County has reduced its monetary contribution to local libraries to approximately five percent of operating expenses, according to the resolution authorizing the election.

If approved during the Nov. 6 General Election, the $12 per parcel tax would commence in fiscal year 2012-2013, and would be collected in the same manner and same time as other property taxes collected by the county’s Auditor-Controller-Tax Collector.

A resolution authorizing the measure was authorized by McCloud Community Services District directors Diane Lowe, Anne Simons and Brian Stewart on June 11. Directors Ken Anderson and Al Schoenstein were absent.

Currently, McCloud’s library is open Mondays and Thursdays from noon to 4 p.m. The 1,248 square foot building is located at 300 East Colombero Drive.