Save Your Libraries! Vote NO on 2!
Proposition #2 threatens to gut the New Orleans Public Library system, cutting 40% of the library budget for the next 20 years.
Under the proposed millage reallocation, the library system would lose $7.5 million in 2021 alone. The current millage rate of 2.58 provides the majority of the library’s funding. Proposition #2 would cut this millage to 0.987.
There is no doubt that a 40% cut would mean reductions in library services and branches closing. But Proposition #2 would also mean the library would lose its independence. Instead of taxpayer money going directly into the library system, the reduced funding would instead be funneled into a “library and early education fund” controlled by the mayor.
Meanwhile, most of the library’s lost funding would wind up in an “economic development” slush fund. The propositions on the Dec 5 ballot redistribute taxpayer money into three new mayor-controlled funds, with little taxpayer accountability.
New Orleans loves libraries. That’s why we voted overwhelmingly for this funding — first in 1987, and again in 2015. A NO vote for #2 means continued funding for libraries and education.
With the December 5 election approaching fast, it’s essential we get our message out in front of as many voters as possible. We plan to do this through billboards, yard signs, wall hangers and targeted social media ads.
With your help, we can fund libraries, fund education and fund communities by saying NO on #2 in the December 5 election.