Garfield County Libraries: Books - Literacy - Community
Garfield County Libraries is considering a potential mill levy increase in November. Learn more about it below, as well as how to give your feedback on the proposal.
An Important Community Resource
We're proud that our Garfield County Libraries provides books, internet access, and other services for over 424,000 visitors each year. We provide valuable educational classes to help children, adults, and seniors succeed in school and life. Our libraries create healthy communities by supporting residents learning English, transitioning to new lines of work, and struggling with poverty. In a world where social media can isolate us from each other, our local libraries are one of the few important community centers left that connect us and benefit the entire community.
Maintaining Books, Services, Hours
In the past few years, Garfield County Libraries has faced significant funding challenges. This has resulted in the layoff of qualified staff, reduced hours, cuts to the books and magazines budget, and fewer educational classes and events for children. Three years ago, our libraries were open Sundays, mornings, and evenings. Budget cuts have meant that every library is closed on Sunday, with reduced morning and evening hours. Without new funding, our local libraries face additional cuts in hours and services.
Locally-Controlled Funding to Support Our Local Libraries
In order to provide a stable source of locally-controlled funding, Garfield County Libraries is considering a potential 1.5 mill levy increase on the November 2019 ballot. Funds from the measure could raise $4 million annually to: