Campaign History

EveryLibrary is unique in our ability to work with the staff and elected/appointed leadership of libraries on planning and executing effective Information Only campaigns as well as being able to actively engage local ballot committees and citizen groups in advising and consulting on Get Out the Vote and voter engagement for the library measure.

EveryLibrary is unique in our ability to work with the staff and elected/appointed leadership of libraries on planning and executing effective Information Only campaigns as well as being able to actively engage local ballot committees and citizen groups in advising and consulting on Get Out the Vote and voter engagement for the library measure. Since our founding in 2012, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to 115 library communities at the ballot box with 78 wins and 33 losses. To date, we have helped secure over $338 million in stable tax revenue per annum for operations and facilities – that is over $1.8 billion over the terms of these various tax measures.


2020 Communities and Committees

Eugene (OR) Public Library District
Renewal of a 5-year operating Levy
Win - November 3, 2020

Portage County (OH) Library
Establish a local operating levy
Loss- November 3, 2020

Prop 208 - Invest in Education Arizona Coalition
Income tax surcharge for Education including school libraries
Win - November 3, 2020

McCall (ID) Public Library

Library expansion building bond
Loss – June 3, 2020

Morgantown (WV) Public Library System
Levy election
Win - May 12, 2020

Louisville (OH) Public Library
Operating levy renewal 
Win – April 28 / March 17, 2020

Gail Borden Public Library District (IL)
New library operating levy
Win – March 17, 2020

New Lenox (IL) Library District
New library operating levy
Win – March 17, 2020

Riverside (IL) Public Library
$1.5 million Library expansion bond
Win – March 17, 2020


2019 Communities and Committees

SW La Plata County, Colorado
Create a new library taxing district and establish the levy
Win – November 5, 2019

Pine River Library District (CO)
New 1.5 mill levy increase to fund the library
Win – November 5, 2019

Eagle River Library District (CO)
To “De-Gallagher” the library’s levy
Win – November 5, 2019

Pueblo City-County Library (CO)
Replace expiring levy funding
Win – November 5, 2019

Lafayette (LA) Public Library System
$10 million Rededication Levy 
Loss - October 12, 2019

Ruben Hoar Library, Littleton, MA. 
A $13 million for a new library (plus $5.8 in state match)
Win – November 1, 2019

Pend Oreille County Library District (WA)
Restore levy to $0.50 from $0.37 for operations
Win – August 6, 2019

Spokane County Library District (WA)
Increase operating levy by $0.07 cents to $0.50
Win – August 6, 2019

Union Library Company of Hatboro (PA)
Special library tax of .55 mills
Win – May 21, 2019

DeSoto (MO) Public Library
Levy increase of $0.18 cents for operations
Win – April 2, 2019

Palatine (IL) Public Library
Increase on the Library’s property tax levy of 0.075
Win – April 2, 2019

River Grove (IL) Public Library
Bond to purchase the building and property for a new library
Loss – April 2, 2019

Talcott Free Library in Rockton, IL.
Raise its “limiting rate” from .2149 to .288 to complete building renovations and stabilize the budget
Win – April 2, 2019

Charlotte Library (VT)
A $700,000 bond as a component of a $1.4 million renovation/expansion
Win – March 5, 2019


2018 Communities and Committees

Anythink Libraries (CO)
A 2.2 mill increase to the levy ($11.6 million)
Loss – November 6, 2018

Clearview Library District (CO)
2.585 mill levy increase ($23 million) to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central library facility
Loss – November 6, 2018

Kansas City (MO) Public Library
An 8-cent increase in the property tax operating levy, the first such request in 22 years
Win – November 6, 2018

Peter White Library (Marquette, MI.)
Chocolay Township; Sands Township; City of Marquette; Marquette Township; Powell Township
Wins in all but Powell Township (4 of 5)  – November 6, 2018

Pine River Library (Bayfield, CO.)
Increase the mill levy from 2.5 to 4.5 mills ($454,185 annually)
Loss – November 6, 2018

Rochester (IL) Public Library District
$3.2 million dollar bond which to expand and renovate the library
Loss – November 6, 2018

Sequim Library, North Olympic (WA) Library System
November 6, 2018
Pass – Prop No. 1 create the Sequim Library Capital Facility Area tax district.
Loss – Prop No. 2 finance the project by approving bonds and tax levies for a $12.4 million expansion project.

Spokane (WA) Public Library
$77 million bond for both dedicate library building projects and joint-use facilities with schools
Win – November 6, 2018

Vineland (NJ) Public Library
Increase the local rate from 3.3 cents to 5 cents per $100 of assessed property valuation.
Loss – November 6, 2018

Ypsilanti (MI) District Library
.7 mills of operating funds for 12 years for operations and construction
Win – November 6, 2018

Oakland, CA
$10 million annually for the city’s libraries for the next 20 years
Win – June 5, 2018

Wallowa County, OR.
To create a Special Library District in the County of Wallowa
Fail – May 15, 2018

Simon Fairfield Public Library, Douglas MA.
A $1.5 million levy lid lift for the town that ensured the library remains open
Win – May 8, 2018

Bucyrus, Ohio
Vote to establish a 0.5 mill dedicated local levy for the library in addition to state aid funding
Win – May 8, 2018

Fayetteville Free Library
Budget increase of 1.89 percent to $1,824,396
Pass – May 15 2018

Ferguson, Missouri
Citywide levy to fund the library with $345,000 in new support for operations, collections, programs, and services
Win – April 3, 2018

Potomac, Illinois
A referendum to establish a new library district and fund the library with a $30,000 annual levy
Win – March 20, 2018

Amendment 73 in Colorado
Fail – November 6, 2018
A73 is a statewide income tax measure that would provide much-needed funding for education in districts across the state. EveryLibrary supported the Colorado Association of Libraries as they campaign across the state.

Question #1 in Utah
Fail – November 6, 2018
Question #1 is a statewide advisory ballot measure to compel the legislature to establish a new gas tax, of which 70% will go to fund education – including school libraries – and 30% to roads and bridges. EveryLibrary supported the Utah Library Association in their statewide outreach


2017 Communities and Committees

Carbondale City Library (KS)
Vote to affirm City Council action to purchase land to build a new library
Pass – December 5, 2017

Booth & Dimock Library, Coventry, CT.
$5.4 million funding to expand historic library building
Loss – November 28, 2017

Moniteau County (MO) Library
1. Establish a new library district; and, 2. vote to establish basic levy funding.
Win – November 8, 2017

Hiawatha (IA) Public Library
$1.7-million bond vote
Win – November 8, 2017

Clearview Library District (CO)
$25-million bond to build a new library
Loss – November 7. 2017

Town of Rochelle Park, N.J.
New municipal library with .3 mills “baseline funding”
Win – November 8, 2017

Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library (PA)
1-mill dedicated levy in 6 municipalities
Partial Pass – 2 of 6 levies – November 8, 2017

Kitsap (WA) Regional Library System
$0.08-cent levy increase ($3.45 million annually)
Win – November 8, 2017

Dallas (TX) Public Library
$11.5 million dollar bond package
Win – November 8, 2017

St. Clairsville (OH) Public Library
establish a new 5-year levy for operating expenses
Win – November 8, 2017

Henrietta (NY) Public Library
$10 million dollar bond
Win – November 8, 2017

Christian County (MO) Library
Reinstate Levy ($0.20 rate) and build new library
Win – August 8, 2017

Ray County (MO) Library
Levy Increase – Vote
Win – April 25, 2017

Spokane (WA) Public Library
Renew dedicated $0.12 cent library levy (2013 vote established the levy)
Win – April 25, 2017

Villa Park (IL) Public Library
$4.7 million dollar library building and remodeling project
Win – April 4, 2017

Scranton Memorial Library (Madison, CT.) 
Library expansion project
Win – February 7, 2017


2016 Communities and Committees

Basalt (CO) Regional Library
$350,000 in new operational funds
Win – November 8, 2016
Brookfield (IL) Public Library
$10.3 million for a new library and operating funds
Loss – November 8, 2016
Crystal Lake (IL) Public Library
$30 million bond for a new library and operating funds
Loss – November 8, 2016
Douglas County (OR) Library
New district library that avoids closure
Loss – November 8, 2016
Dorchester County (SC) Library
$30 million bond 2 new libraries and 1 facilities upgrade
Win – November 8, 2016
Helen Plum Library (IL)
$22 million new library and operating funds
Win – November 8, 2016
Jasper-Dubois County (IN) Library
$6.2 million new library bond with $1.9 million grant contingent on passage
Win – November 8, 2016
Jeannette (PA) Public Library
$62,893 new operating funds that avoids closure
Win – November 8, 2016
Lone Cone Library (CO)
$4 million for a new library with $1.5 million grant from state contingent on passage
Win – November 8, 2016
Mancos County (CO) Library District
$96,000 new levy for operating funds
Win – November 8, 2016
Meridian (ID) Public Library
$12 million for 2 new libraries (second effort)
Loss – November 8, 2016
Mid-Continent Public Library (MO)
$12 million in new operating funds and facilities upgrades
Win – November 8, 2016
Missoula Library (MT)
$30 million bond measure for a new library
Win – November 8, 2016
Nevada County (CA) Library
1/4 cent sales tax for new operating funds and facilities upgrades
Win – November 8, 2016
Pacifica (CA) / San Mateo County
$33.5 million property tax for a new library
Loss – November 8, 2016
Parkland Community Library (PA)
$10 million bond out of $14.2 million new library building project
Loss – November 8, 2016
Pleasant Hill (CA) / Contra Costa County Libraries
$4 million, 1/2 cent sales tax for library building and other uses
Win – November 8, 2016
Liberty (NY) Public Library
$1.92 million building bond for expansion and renovation
Win – August 8, 2016
Kern County (CA) Libraries
1/4 cent sales tax for new operational funding
Loss – June 1, 2016
Oakley (CA) / Contra Costa County Libraries
$12 million bond to build the first stand-alone library in town
Loss – June 1, 2016
Allegan (MI) District Library
$8 million for new library addition and remodeling
Win – August 2, 2016
Herrick District Library (MI)
14-year renewal of basic operating levy
Win – August 2, 2016
Leland Township (MI) Library
$168,000 8-year levy as a new independent district
Win – August 2, 2016
Lyon Township (MI) Library
$8.5 million bond and millage increase for library services from the current $.52 to $1.58
Loss – August 2, 2016
Geneva Public Library (NY)
Annual Budget Vote
Win – May 17, 2016
Moniteau County MO – California Sub-District
$.02 cent levy lift
Win – April 5, 2016
Plainfield Public Library (IL)
$39 million building bond and an operating levy lift
Loss – March 15, 2016
Winter Park Library (FL)
$22 million building project for a new library, civic center, and parking
Win – March 15, 2016

2015 Communities and Committees

Cedar Rapids Public Library (IA)
$1.6 million levy lift
Loss – November 3, 2015

Meridian Library District (ID)
$12 building bond for 2 new libraries
Loss – November 3, 2015

Millbrook Free Library (NY) 
$130,000 levy (414)
Win – November 3, 2015

Eugene Public Library (OR)
$2.7 million/year 5-year special levy
Win – November 3, 2015

Washington County Cooperative Library System (OR)
$8 million levy renewal
Win – November 3, 2015

Portage County Library District (OH)
$2.6 million levy (new)
Loss – November 3, 2015

Darby Public Library (MT)
$30,000 operating levy lift
Win – 15 September 2015

Spokane County District Library (WA)
$22 million building bond
Loss – August 4, 2015

New Orleans Public Library (LA)
$9.7 million mill levy increase
Win – May 2, 2015

River East Public Library (IL)
$59,000 mill levy
Win – April 7, 2015


2014 Communities and Committees

Acocmack County (Eastern Shore), VA.
$3.5 million bond authority for new main library
Loss – November 2014

Northvale, NJ.
New municipal library at .3 mils ($320,000 per year levy)
Win – November 2014

Pomona, CA.
Measure PPL to reestablish public funding for 10 years
Loss – November 2014

Josephine County, OR.
$990,000 levy and new district authority
Loss – November 2014

Cranston, RI.
$1.2 million remodeling bond
Win – November 2014

Park Ridge, IL.
4-year $550,000 levy increase
Win – November 2014

Paulding County, OH.
$490,000 annual operating levy renewal
Win – November 2014

Northville, MI.
4-year $440,000 levy renewal
Win – November 2014

Jacksonville, FL.
Advisory referendum concerning district status
Loss – August 2014

Kent Library District, MI.
$20.06 million levy renewal
Win – August 2014

Dewitt Library District, MI.
$646,000 levy
Win – August 2014

Clinton and Macomb Townships, MI.
$1.9 million levy lift
Win – August 2014

Sacramento, CA.
$1.9 million dollar parcel tax
Win – June 2014

South Lake Tahoe, CA.
$425,000 parcel Tax
Win – June 2014

Georgetown, CA.
$80,000 parcel tax
Win – June 2014

Scenic Regional Library in Gasconade, Franklin, and Warren Counties, MO.
Levy increase from $2.051 million to $4.8 million ($2.8 million)
Win – May 2014

Monroeville, PA.
New District status and $1 million Levy
Loss – May 2014


2013 Communities and Campaigns

Cornelius, OR.
$2.6 million bond
Loss – November 2013

Lafourche, LA.
Levy Amendment / Reallocation
Won by Defeating the Rededication Levy – November 2013

Santa Clara County, CA.
$6.2 million parcel tax
Win – August 2013

Ronan, MT.
$250,000 levy and district authority
Win – May 2013

Shorewood and Troy Townships, IL.
$28 million construction bond
Loss – April 2013

Spokane, WA.
$1.6 million special levy
Win – February 2013

 


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