Why do we need another parcel tax if Measure Q is still being collected?

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Measure Q also has a threshold that requires a certain minimum appropriation from the General Fund in order to be collected. That amount is approximately $9.1 million. When the recession hit, the City reduced its appropriations to OPL from the General Fund to just above the threshold level. At the same time, expenses were increasing. The library cut services, such as reducing hours from 6 days a week to 5 at branches and eliminating the Bookmobile, and relied on a reserve fund that had accumulated in Measure Q. That reserve fund is now gone.


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