Can Council reduce General Fund support for the library if the tax passes?

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Not really. OPL has two other funding sources: Measure Q, a separate parcel tax, and the General Fund. The City Council must appropriate at least $12,992,267 for the tax to be collected (the same as what was allotted in the 2017-18 fiscal year). If a fiscal emergency occurs in the City, the General Fund contribution can be reduced if the City Administrator submits a report to Council detailing the crisis and the steps taken to avoid the crisis. Even then, OPL’s budget can only be reduced by the same amount that other City non-emergency services are reduced. This fiscal emergency finding must be submitted on a yearly basis.


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