Kern Public Libraries on the Brink

It’s a critical time for public libraries in Kern County. Measure F is a 1/8th cent sales tax ($1.25 per $1000 spent) that will be used exclusively for our libraries. The measure is on the ballot for June 7. If it passes, the funding for libraries will more than double. If the measure fails, a majority of our county supervisors have promised to issue a Request for Information (RFI) for a private entity to operate the library.

Measure F needs 66% approval to pass and current polling shows that support is at 60%. The majority of Kern County residents want to invest in quality public services, but we need a super-majority to win.

As Kern County Library Associate Taarna Long said, “If Measure F doesn’t pass, Library funding will be cut and we could lose our public libraries forever.”

If you live in Kern County, we need your help educating the public and getting out the vote. Volunteer with The Advocates for Library Enhancement, like them on Facebook, or get involved with the campaign.

“Talk the talk” phone calling:
Every Tues., Wed., Thurs.
5:30 to 8 p.m.

“Walk the walk” door knocking:
May 21 and June 4
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

RSVP to (661) 321-4161

All events at SEIU Local 521, 1001 17th Street, Bakersfield.

We can do this, but we’ll need to stand together.


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