Anythink proposal

In January 2016, the Anythink Board of Trustees, Anythink Foundation and library leadership team convened to discuss the library’s future. It had been seven years since Anythink (also known as Rangeview Library District) was launched, providing the Adams County community with the best libraries possible. Despite the library's national – and even international – reputation as a leader in the industry, the board knew that the organization must continue to innovate, evaluate and push forward to avoid a plateau or decline. They issued a challenge to Anythink leadership to evolve the library system so that it could grow along with the community to provide Adams County residents with the highest levels of service.

COMMUNITY INPUT

During the spring and summer of 2017, Anythink reached out to approximately 1,600 people in Adams County, Colo., including working adults, parents, seniors, students and children, the majority of whom were library cardholders. Through telephone polling, online and in-person surveys, and a series of 23 roundtable discussions, participants shared their ideas about community, family and personal aspirations. These individuals suggested ways that Anythink might help them and their communities become more successful. Overall, more than 20,000 data points were gathered. The culmination of these conversations led to the creation of the Anythink Strategic Plan 2018-2022. The new plan focuses library services on three key areas: COMMUNITY, CULTURE and CAREER. Read the Anythink Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

CHALLENGE

Adams County is experiencing exponential growth, causing capacity issues at the library. The Anythink board and leadership know that to sustain current levels of service and fully implement their goals, additional funding is necessary.

BALLOT PROPOSAL

The Anythink Board of Trustees has referred a ballot measure for additional funding that would expand opportunities for children and families in Adams County. This would take the form of additional programming for kids and teens, expanded access to technology and computer help for those who need it, expanded service hours, and new facilities to help keep up with the tremendous growth happening in Adams County. On Aug. 15, 2018, the Anythink Board of Trustees unanimously voted to approve this ballot measure.

TAX IMPLICATION

Based on a home with the assessed valuation of $325,000, the additional 2.2 mills in the ballot proposal would cost a homeowner $51.48 per year – approximately $4.29 a month.

WHAT IS PROPOSAL 6A?

On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Adams County voters will consider a ballot proposal to increase funding for Anythink libraries by 2.2 mill, an additional $11.6 million in operating funds for the library in 2019. If passed, the proposal would increase programs for kids and families, expand access to technology classes and resources, expand hours at many locations, and build additional facilities to keep up with the tremendous growth in Adams County.

Here is what the ballot will say:

BALLOT ISSUE NO. 6A

Shall Anythink, also known as Rangeview Library District, serving Thornton, Northglenn, Commerce City, Brighton, Perl Mack area, Bennett and unincorporated Adams County taxes be increased 11.6 million dollars in 2019, and by whatever amount is raised annually thereafter by an additional mill levy not to exceed 2.2 mills to be used to operate and expand library facilities and to improve library services which may include:

Expanding library programs for kids, teens, families, adults and seniors, including literacy programs, after school arts and science programs, and mentorship opportunities;.

Expanding internet access, technology programs, online skills training, career coaching and development, and lifelong- learning classes;

Purchasing additional books, e-books, DVDs, and CDs;

Expanding library hours and science and technology learning opportunities;

Constructing new libraries and maintaining existing facilities to meet the needs of Adams County’s growing community

And any other uses permitted by law; and shall the district be authorized to collect, retain and spend all revenues generated from the mill levy increase, as a voter-approved revenue and spending change and an exception to any statutory limits, including section 29-1-301, C.R.S. and any constitutional limits, including Article X, Section 20 of the Colorado Constitution, that would otherwise apply?

Why is the library proposing this increase?

The library is currently experiencing capacity issues, with waitlists for programs, services and materials. Additionally, many branches have limited hours that can’t meet the busy schedules of those in the community. The library system needs additional funding to sustain its current level of service and expand its capacity to keep pace with rapid population growth, and to serve residents across Adams County, including newly developed areas.

If passed:

  • More library programs for kids, teens and adults at all branches
  • Extended hours at most branches
  • Expanded internet access, computers, technology programs and skills training
  • More books, E-books, DVDs and CDs at all branches
  • Maintaining existing branches and building at least two new branches

If the proposal does not pass:

  • No new libraries
  • No increase in hours of operation
  • Growing waitlists for programs, meeting rooms and requests on books, ebooks, DVDs, etc.
How is the library currently used?
  • 416,083 people live in Anythink’s service area, an increase of over 104,000 since 2007
  • 1,134,317 people visited Anythink’s seven locations in 2017
  • 2,241,289 books, DVDs and CDs were checked out
  • 379,718 e-books, music and movies were downloaded
  • 16,956,993 minutes were spent by users on public computers
  • 64,997 people attended library programs & events
PRO: Why would people support this proposal?
  • Give kids the educational support they need with more books, materials and learning programs.
  • Expand opportunities for people from all walks of life by increasing access to technology and job training.
  • Improve quality of life for families and community with expanded hours and two additional libraries.
CON: Why would people not support this proposal?
  • Property taxes would increase.
  • Funding competes with other entities.
  • The library is fine just the way it is.