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State of California March 7, 2000 Election
Proposition 14
California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction and Renovation Bond Act of 2000

Bond Act

4,276,519 / 59.0% Yes votes ...... 2,966,239 / 41.0% No votes

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Information shown below: Summary | Yes/No Meaning | Official Information | Arguments |
Summary Prepared by the State Attorney General:
This act provides for a bond issue of three hundred fifty million dollars ($350,000,000) to provide funds for the construction and renovation of public library facilities in order to expand access to reading and literacy programs in California's public education system and to expand access to public library services for all residents of California. Fiscal Impact: State cost of $600 million over 25 years (average cost of about $24 million per year) to repay bonds. One-time local matching costs of $190 million, plus potential additional operating costs of over $10 million annually.

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote of this measure means:
The state could sell $350 million in bonds to provide grants to local agencies to construct new libraries or renovate and/ or expand existing libraries.

A NO vote of this measure means:
The state could not sell $350 million in bonds to provide grants to local agencies to construct new libraries or renovate and/ or expand existing libraries.

Official Sources of Information
Arguments Submitted to the Secretary of State

Summary of Arguments FOR Proposition 14:
Proposition 14 will help build new libraries, repair facilities and expand children's reading and homework centers-- without raising taxes. By law, local government cannot spend these funds on administrative costs. Library projects can qualify for 65% state funding. Priority is given to joint ventures between schools and libraries.

Full Text of Argument In Favor, Rebuttal

Summary of Arguments AGAINST Proposition 14:
It is crazy to borrow $675,000,000.00 (including interest) to build more libraries while our current libraries are rarely open when students and working adults need to use them. Due to the Internet, these new libraries will be obsolete in five years, but your taxes will be higher for 30 years.

Full Text of Argument Against, Rebuttal

Contact FOR Proposition 14:
Christine M. Jurich
Californians for Literacy and Community Libraries
1800 21st St., Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 737-9331

Contact AGAINST Proposition 14:
Senator Ray Haynes
State Capitol
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-9781

  Official Information

Secretary of State

Nonpartisan Information

Easy Reading Voters Guide

League of Women Voters California Voter Foundation Secretary of State News and Analysis

Los Angeles Times

Palm Springs Desert Sun Torrance Daily Breeze Sacramento Bee
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