Anythink® Board of Trustees passes resolution in support of repealing Gallagher Amendment
On Wednesday, Sept. 16, the Anythink Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution in support of Colorado Constitutional Amendment B to repeal the Gallagher Amendment. The full resolution can be found below.
The Anythink Board of Trustees consists of five members appointed by the Adams County Board of County Commissioners and is responsible for the library district’s finances and formulation of policies. The Board of Trustees meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 5 pm at various Anythink locations.
Rangeview Library District
A Resolution in Support of November 2020 Election Question to Repeal the Gallagher Amendment
– Vote Yes to Repeal the Gallagher Amendment –
A. The Rangeview Library District, also known as Anythink Libraries, (“Anythink” or the “District”) provides invaluable, free services and opportunities for children, families, and members of the community from every walk of life; and,
B. Anythink gives children the services they need to support their educational growth from story times and early reading to science programs and career mentorship; and,
C. Anythink expands opportunities for people from all walks of life, from kids and seniors to students and job seekers, by increasing access to technology, internet, and job training; and,
D. Anythink creates a welcoming, safe gathering place where anyone can belong, connect, and build community; and,
E. Anythink librarians connect people with accurate and trusted information and resources; and,
F. Anythink operates seven community libraries, bookmobile outreach and online services available to more than 416,083 people across Adams County; and,
G. Anythink receives 89% of its operational funding from a property tax levy that applies uniformly across most of Adams County; and,
H. The Gallagher Amendment to the Colorado Constitutional, Section 3, Article X, has annually eroded Anythink’s revenues by automatically reducing property assessment ratios requiring Anythink to seek higher and higher tax mill levies to maintain services; and,
I. If the Gallagher Amendment is not repealed, Anythink’s revenue is projected to decrease another 18% in 2021 with additional decreases thereafter; and,
J. The repeal of the Gallagher Amendment will preserve funding for libraries and other local governments state-wide, including schools, fire departments, ambulance districts, and hospitals – all without increasing property taxes; and,
K. The Colorado General Assembly has promoted repeal and referred a measure to the voters of the State of Colorado to repeal the Gallagher Amendment at the November 3, 2020 general election; and,
L. The District’s Board of Trustees may pass a resolution and take a position of advocacy in support of the ballot title to repeal the Gallagher Amendment pursuant to C.R.S. § 1-45-117(1)(b)(III); and,
NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE RANGEVIEW LIBRARY DISTRICT, THAT:
1. The Board of Trustees of the Rangeview Library District, Anythink Libraries, supports the repeal of the Gallagher Amendment and believes it to be in the best interests of the District and the community.
2. The Board of Trustees is in favor of a repeal of the Gallagher Amendment and encourages voters to Vote YES/FOR Constitutional Amendment B.
ADOPTED THIS 16th DAY OF SEPTEMBER, 2020.
RANGEVIEW LIBRARY DISTRICT
By: President Lynne Fox