Maine Libraries Face Possible Budget Crisis If Tax Measure Passes


Maine libraries are faced with the possibility of closure or the need to charge for library cards. The reason for this crisis is a statewide property tax cap on the November 2nd ballot.

The tax proposal, if passed, would cap property taxes at 1 percent of a property‚Äôs assessed value. According to the librarians, this would leave almost all Maine libraries with massive budget gaps as well as seriously impacting other community services. Proponents of the tax cap dismiss the concerns as “scare tactics” claiming that there are ways for the libraries to cut their budgets without cutting services. What will happen to the Maine libraries? Only Election Day will tell.