It has now been almost a year since the cuts to the library budget closed our public libraries on Fridays. After a year of collecting feedback from the community and looking into potential expense cuts and sources of revenue, the City of Roseville has elected to have our community vote on a 0.5% sales tax measure in November 2018 as a means of closing the $14 million deficit.
Current Update - Press Release from City of Roseville
Local Community Weighs In on City Priorities: Council places local revenue measure to ensure public safety, roads and essential city services
For over a year the City of Roseville has conducted outreach to residents and businesses, reaching thousands and soliciting feedback about their priorities for maintaining quality of life in the City.
Top priorities include preventing cuts to essential services including emergency response times, police and fire responses, and parks and recreation, as well as maintaining city streets, roads and repairing potholes.
Responding to these priorities, the Roseville City Council at its June 6 meeting unanimously approved placing for voter consideration a half-cent locally-controlled general sales tax measure on the November 2018 ballot. If passed, the measure would generate an estimated $18.4 million annually in city revenue to protect Roseville’s public safety, roads and essential services.
As a fiscally responsible city, the measure includes an independent citizens’ oversight board, regular audits, and a guarantee the revenue generated will be spent locally with funding that cannot be taken by the state.
“We need to maintain our quality of life by keeping our commitments,” said Acting City Manager Dominick Casey. “We need to ensure our roads and streets are repaired now, otherwise they simply continue to deteriorate and become more costly to fix. And we must ensure current levels of police and fire are maintained at levels the community desires and that keep our city safe, no matter what happens with the State budget or economy.”
Over the past 10 years, Roseville has taken steps to reduce the General Fund budget including reducing the city work force, reducing employee compensation and benefits, and reducing levels of community services.
To close the budget gap during the recession, Roseville deferred maintenance needs on roadways, IT infrastructure, libraries and parks that must be addressed, and borrowed from reserve funds that must be paid back.
As a general sales tax measure, the revenue generated can be used for essential services the community has said they value including neighborhood police patrols, fire protection, 9-1-1 emergency response, crime suppression, street and pothole repair, libraries, parks and recreation, job creation and economic development programs.
Megan MacPherson, APR Director Public Affairs & Communications
How to help
There are several ways you can help the Roseville Public Library:
Donate to the Friends of the Roseville Public Library: Become a member (as little as $15/year) and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. Shop our used bookstores and book sales, and donate your old books. Consider adding the Friends of the Roseville Public Library to your planned giving strategy or donate to our endowment fund with the Placer Community Foundation. We currently raise and donate about $45K per year to the Roseville Public Library, but we will need much more when additional budget actions are taken.
Talk to your employer: Tell your employer about our corporate membership and sponsorship opportunities. We have plans to fit almost any budget! We will also be offering sponsorship opportunities for programs and services currently offered by the library (Full STEAM Ahead, Read to a Dog, Sensory Storytime, Flipster, Summer Reading Program, and many more!)
Be Passionate. Be Respectful.
Lastly, while we believe additional cuts to our library system could be devastating to the community, we support the City Council's decision to move forward with a fiscally responsible budget strategy. Additionally, it is the contributions of all general fund departments that make the City of Roseville a great place to live, work, and raise a family which makes this a very difficult and stressful process for all involved. With this in mind, ask that you be passionate AND respectful when sharing your views. Thank you for your support.