Three library systems in Marin County are asking voters next month to approve a $49 parcel tax to maintain services and keep branches open.
The library proposals are among six measures county voters will decide on June 8, including a multi-million dollar contract for the Novato Sanitary District and a $530 parcel tax for flood control in Santa Venetia.
The library parcel tax would be for five years for both the San Anselmo Library, which seeks funding under Measure B, and for the Marin County Free Public Library system, under Measure A.
The Marin County Free Library system includes Bolinas, Fairfax, Novato, Stinson Beach, Inverness, Point Reyes, Corte Madera, Marin City and the Civic Center library.
Measure C seeks the $49 annual parcel tax for the San Rafael Public Library for seven years.
Library officials say the money is needed to restore hours and services that have been reduced because of local government funding cuts. It would be used to avoid staff reductions, hire a children's librarian and increase outreach to schools whose library services have been cut.
All of the library parcel tax measures require two-thirds approval. The tax would take effect on July 1.
Seniors ages 65 years and older would be exempt from the tax if the parcel is their primary place of residence.
Measure D is a special $530 annual parcel tax on voters in Flood Control Zone No. 7 in Santa Venetia to pay for the construction of Pump Station 2, Estancia Ditch improvements, an evaluation of the Las Gallinas Creek levee and to replenish capital improvement and emergency reserves.
Opponents of Measure D say it earmarks $1 million for a levee study that focuses on a single element of the flood control system but doesn't guarantee physical improvements to the levee.
They also say the $530 tax is more than four times the $125 average parcel tax in Ross that pays for an integrated approach that includes flood control and habitat restoration.
The measure's proponents say that without levees and fully operational pump stations, Santa Venetia would flood.
Proponents say local money must be spent to get matching federal dollars and that responsible stewardship of the watershed and maintenance of the existing flood control measures that have kept Santa Venetia flood-free for almost 30 years are compatible goals.
Measure E asks voters in the Muir Beach Community Services District to approve an annual parcel tax for capital improvements and maintenance of water supply and distribution equipment.
The tax would be $3,250 on commercial parcels and $300 on each habitable structure on residential parcels and on all other parcels.
The four-year tax, which would take effect in July, requires two-thirds approval.
Measure F asks Novato Sanitary District voters to approve a $15.6 million service contract with Veolia Water West Operating Services to operate the city's wastewater treatment plant. It requires a majority vote.
Proponents say the measure will protect water quality, keep sewer rates low and maintain local control of wastewater facilities.
The district needs to employ technical experts to maintain its facilities, and the contract will save the district $7.2 million over five years compared to the district alone managing the facilities, the measure's supporters say.
Opponents say the contract allows the treatment plant to become a corporate profit center, has hidden costs and the projected savings are speculative.
They also say Veolia has a troubling environmental record and runs one of the Bay Area's worst polluters, the Richmond sewer plant. They want the plant to be run by local public employees.