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Library Ballot Measure Should Get Pushed to 2011, Report Recommends

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Los Angeles voters may see a parcel tax measure that would help fund libraries on a ballot next year instead of this November if city budget officials have their way. The Board of Library Commissioners earlier this month approved a $39/year parcel tax for the November ballot that would fund libraries enough to open them six days a week, restore jobs and enhance other programs. But a staff report (.pdf) recommends that the measure be pushed to next year -- not because it would do better then, but there's no budget for it as placing one item on the November ballot costs $4.2 million. Funds, however, are already set aside for the May 2011 election and a library measure would not cost anything.