Pomona library’s future hinges on X factor

Sunday’s column (read it here) is about Measure X on Tuesday’s ballot, a $38 parcel tax that would almost double the hours at the Pomona Public Library and provide it with stable funding. If the measure fails, and since it needs two-thirds approval there’s a good chance it will, it’s hard to say what might happen. A continued bare-bones existence, maybe.

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  • Andy Sze

    i’d hate to tell you, but I already voted against it the other day. Closing of the library is sad, but I’m also firmly against placing a parcel tax against land owners. Parcel taxes come up every election cycle. If we approve every parcel tax, our taxes would go up $30-40 per year. Just imagine how large our tax bills would be after 10 years. Cucamonga has similar population but there’s a lot more taxes brought in in Cucamonga.

    Shut down the Pomona’s PD MD500e helicopter and we’re probably already 2/3 of the way there. Pilot, deputy, dispatch, maintenance, fuel, hangar.. and it makes you feel like a criminal with it hovering about your head.

    I’ve dealt with San Bernardino’s Sheriff’s aviation (thru work) and being on helicopter patrol with them, and seeing the extent of their outfit to field six AS350s, I’m dumbfounded at where the money comes from.

    Hows about this, if I go to the Pomona library web page right now and I find a link where I can donate by paypal, I’ll give them $20 right now. Be back in a few mins.

    • StupidHappyIdiot

      Andy, I read Measure X and nowhere on it does it say you had to approve
      every parcel tax that comes up for a vote. Your slippery-slope argument
      doesn’t really seem to work here. While it’s great that you have
      enough confidence in city management to do what you believe is right, I
      don’t have as much faith as you do. Given their track record on library
      funding, it just isn’t a priority for them. Measure X is written so
      the funds go specifically to the library and cannot be funnelled
      elsewhere thus requiring the 2/3 majority vote as opposed to a simple
      majority.

      While I disagree with your position, I commend you for
      being outspoken about it and I’m glad you participated in the election.
      After all, an informed electorate is the key to a thriving democracy. I
      trust that your donation made it to the Friends of the Library through
      the donation page that David linked to.

  • Andy Sze

    ok no link. so no donation.

    • davidallen909

      Government facilities don’t typically accept direct donations, Andy. But why not use this link to donate to Friends of the Pomona Public Library? http://friendspomonalibrary.org/help/

  • DebB

    While I’ve decided to vote for Measure X, I sympathize with part of Andy’s argument. This election we’re being asked to approve more than one new tax, and it’s really a tough time to do that, when some of us are struggling just to pay the mortgage and not yet seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

  • Andy Sze