The Citizens for a Better Library, a community group formed earlier this year to lead the effort to extend a special Library Parcel tax in Monterey Park, will host a fundraising dinner on Friday December 9 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ocean Star Seafood Restaurant located in the Mar Center at 145 N. Atlantic Boulevard.
Tickets are still available, and persons interested in attending the dinner or wish to make a donation contact Theresa Amador at (323) 497-9472. Additional information is available on the campaign Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MPKCitizensforaBetterLibrary/
Citizens, Library Patrons and Civic Leaders will be on hand to demonstrate their support of the extension of library parcel tax to continue the library modernization effort and keep the library open seven days a week.
The Monterey Park City Council unanimously approved placing a ballot measure before the voters in the March 2017 municipal election to extend the parcel tax that provides funding for the Monterey Park Bruggemeyer Library.
Faced with a loss of revenue when the parcel tax expires in 2018, the Library Board of Trustees commissioned a study that indicated the loss of the approximately $500,000 generated annually by the tax would have devastating results. Cuts to staff, operating hours, funding for technology, improving the collection and maintenance would all be imposed.
The current parcel tax was approved by the voters in April 1998 and levies an annual fee of $25.00 for each residential parcel, while commercial and industrial parcels contribute $75.00. These funds along with grants and public donations allowed the City to finance the remodel/expansion of the Library that was completed in 2006.The Citizens for a Better Library group is dedicated to organizing, financing and directing the campaign to educate the residents and voters about the need to extend the Library parcel tax that will ensure that the Library has the resources needed to remain open 7 days a week and have on hand, the books, materials and technology that our residents need.