Quick Look at November 7 Election Results

EveryLibrary was able to identify and track 37 libraries on the November 7, 2017 ballot across the country in 16 states.

Overall, it was an amazing Election Night for libraries. As of this writing (11am EST on 11/8/17) there are several that are still 'out' and unreported. Results reported here are subject to change as votes are tabulated by local election officials. That said, it appears that 27 libraries passed their ballot measures, 3 lost theirs, and 6 are still 'too early' to tell.

Highlights from last night include passage of the statewide New Jersey Library Construction Bond, a $125 million authorization for state matching funds for local construction projects. Denver, Dallas, and Houston also passed major citywide building bonds that will help move multiple facilities into the next generation.  With new operating funds in places like Kitsap Regional Library (WA), St. Clairsville (OH) Public Library, and the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library (PA), the community will experience improved services and hopefully more librarians in their lives. For places like Stanislaus County Library (CA) and Grand Rapids, MI. the renew of their basic funding provides the stability the community needs from their library. We are happy to see the formation of a new municipal library in Rochelle Park, NJ., and the people of Moniteau County, MO. establishing the county district and expanding their library services.

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EveryLibrary was proud to work with nine of these communities as they took their libraries to the ballot (note the * below). Our next library Election Day is November 28th, 2017 in Coventry, CT. After that, we expect to work with 20+ library communities in 2018. All our work is pro-bono and donor supported. If you would like to talk about how we can potentially be a resource, a guide, or a partner for your ballot measure plans, please email [email protected] to get started.


Pass / Fail Library City/County State What on Ballot
Pass Stanislaus County Library Stanislaus County CA Measure S ⅛ cent sales tax - renewal
Fail *Clearview Library District Windsor / Clearview CO
Clearview Library District bonded debt MLO (5A) to raise $2.175 million annually (3.1mills for first 25 years) for library construction/operations financing would go down to .5 mills after 2042. Property tax impact is $44.64 per year on $200,000 home.
Pass Denver City Bond - Includes Library Denver CO $69.3 million bond package - Question 2E
Too Early Montrose Regional Library District Montrose CO Ballot Issue 5A. Mill levy to raise .85 mill
Pass Bridgeport Bridgeport CT Vote on new funding formula for library.
Pass *Hiawatha Public Library Hiawatha IA
$1.7 million bond vote, as part of a $4.7 million funding plan for a new, larger library with $2 million in fundraising and a $1 million contribution from the city).
Too Early Wilder Free Library Canyon County ID
Two-year, $85,000 per year plant facilities levy for new library
Too Early Rice Public Library Kittery ME
Non-binding referrendum on expanding or building a new library
Pass Grand Rapids Public Library Grand Rapids MI 0.3741 mills for 20 years
Pass *Moniteau County Library Moniteau County MO
A vote to establish a new library district and a vote for basic funding following a judge’s invalidation of the previous district in February.
Pass *Rochelle Park Rochelle Park NJ
Establish a new municipal library with 1/3 mil funding to open a library there permanently
New Jersey Statewide Construction Bond
"Question 1" - Authorizes $125 million in bonds for library construction projects in state
Pass *Henrietta Public Library Henrietta NY $10 million bond for new library
Too Early Hudson Area Association Library Hudson and Greenport Counties NY
Additional $130,000 from Hudson and $35,000 from Greenport taxpayers to go toward the library’s operating budget.
Fail Rose Memorial Library Stony Point NY
Proposal #4 - ask voters to approve increasing the town's contribution to the library budget by $717,371 to a total of $972,371. If approved, this would become the library's new annual budget.
Too Early Lindenhurst Memorial Library Lindenhurst NY
"The Library renovation and expansion building project is estimated to cost approximately $14.9 million dollars. The Board of Trustees will apply at least $400,000 from the Capital Improvement Fund, thereby reducing the total amount to bond to approximately $14.5 million. The estimated cost per average household should be approximately $0.28 per day, $8.20 per month, $98.00 per year."
Pass *St. Clairsville Public Library St. Clairsville OH
A vote to establish a new 5-year levy for current operating expenses.
Pass Harbor Topky Public Library Ashtabula OH 2 mills / 10 year renewal, operating
Pass Belmont County District Library Belmont OH 1 mill renewal
Pass Cleveland Public Library Cleveland / Cuyahoga OH
5.8 mills renewal, 2 mills increase, operating levy
Pass Coshocton County Library System Coshocton County OH
0.5 mills for five years for the purpose of current expenses
Pass Elyria Public Library System Elyria / Lorain OH
0.9 mill / 30 year for renovation and construction
Pass Geauga County Library Geauga County OH
$24 million bond to upgrade aging buildings, offer expanded community spaces, and make room for more materials and technology resources, such as computers. It would cost property owners about $17 a year per $100,000 in property valuation.
Pass Kingsville Public Library District Kingsville / Ashtabula OH 1.5 mills new, operating
Pass Loudonville Public Library Loudonville / Ashland OH 0.8 mills new operating
Pass Mentor Public Library Mentor / Lake OH 2 mills renewal operating
Pass Wayne County Public Library Wayne OH 1 mill renewal, 0.1 mills increase, operating
Pass Warrenton Community Library Clatsop County OR Levy increase 9 cents to 33 cent per $1,000
Too Early Castle Rock Public Library Cowlitz County OR
Prop 1 for excess levy for $0.50 on $1,000 to be collected in 2018 to funbd the public library
Pass Salem Library Salem OR
$18.6 million in library upgrades aimed, in part, at making the building earthquake-resistant and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Partial Pass (2 of 6 municipalities) *Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library Greensburg PA 1 mil levy to avert anticipated closure in 3 years
Pass Bayard Taylor Memorial Library - Kennett Library New Garden Township PA
“Do you favor increasing New Garden Township’s real estate tax by 0.1000 mills, the revenue from such increase to be used exclusively to fund the operation of the Bayard Taylor Memorial Library (also-known-as the Kennett Library)?” The current real estate property tax is 1.62 mils.
Pass *Dallas Public Library - Measure E Dallas TX
$11.5 million bond (measure E) to build 2 new libraries and rennovate several
Pass Houston Public Library Houston TX $123 million bond for libraries (PROP E)
Fail Santaquin City Cultural Center Santaquin City UT
6 million dollar bond for new senior center and library
Pass *Kitsap Regional Library Kitsap County WA $0.08 cent levy increase for operating and programs

All results preliminary and unofficial as of 11/8/17

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