Prop 8¢ for  the Library
A Better Library for the Cost of a New Book

What is Proposition 8¢ for the library?

On April 4, Jefferson County Library is placing an increase to its operating levy on the ballot to maintain the library branches and improve library services.

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Did you know?

· Cell phones and Internet access did not exist when the library was born in 1989?

· Our 3 branches were built without additional building taxes or 
bond issues

Why is the Library proposing this increase?

Jefferson County Library serves many more people with up-to-date collections and technology that didn’t even exist when the current levy was approved in 1989.  We have NEVER had a tax increase since that time.  In order to serve our growing communities, the library needs to grow the collection of available resources and add services requested by the community.

 A YES vote means:

We can meet our building payments and continue regular upkeep.

We can purchase more popular materials our patrons want.

We can add bandwidth to upgrade our Internet access.

We can add more eContent and online resources for students, small businesses, job seekers and family history research.

We can expand efforts to reach out to our community.

We can improve working conditions for our dedicated employees.

 A NO vote means:

We must cut staff, materials and programs to set aside money to meet our building payments.

We must cut operating hours.

We must delay necessary upkeep.

We must charge cost recovery fees for meeting rooms, programs, and  Internet access.

We must delay service improvements until the current building debt is paid in full in 2029.

Within 5 years we may need to close and sell one branch to reduce building debt.

Questions? Please email contactus@jcl8cents.org

Did you know that for the last 3 years JCL...

Kid reading

Provided materials and services to help children read at grade level.
  • 889,155 children’s materials checked out
  • 8856 participated in our Summer Reading Program 
  • 26,786 attended 1058 Early Literacy Story Times 
  • 12,913 attended 938 other  educational enrichment programs

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Helped homebound and senior residents remain independent.
  • 24,776 attended programs of interest to seniors, including exercise, health and  wellness  sessions
  • 7986 items delivered to 53 homebound seniors
  • 865 attended 43 family history programs

Man Reading

Contributed to the economic vibrancy  of our community.

  • 215,462 public computer and Wi-Fi    sessions, many used by job seekers and small business owners
  • 431,249 research questions answered
  • 2224 passports processed
  • 2631 items notarized


When you go to the polls on April 4,  you will see this language:

To provide for future maintenance and upkeep of the library facilities, to expand print, media and electronic collections to meet demand, to implement outreach programs and services, to improve technology services, to build partnerships with other educational agencies in the community, and to maintain the financial stability of the Arnold, Windsor and Northwest branches of the Jefferson County Library District, shall the original 1989 tax levy of twenty cents ($0.20) per hundred dollars assessed valuation be increased to twenty eight cents ($0.28) per hundred dollars ($100.00) assessed valuation? 


Paid for by Jefferson County Library, Retta “Susan” Tuggle, Board President, 
5678 State Road PP, High Ridge, MO  63049
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