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The City Council will be discussing placing a measure to renew the existing library parcel tax on the November ballot at the City Council meeting of July 20, 2022. This existing property tax provides funding for the City’s Library, and has been previously renewed in the past by South Pasadena voters in 1994, 1999, 2005, 2009, and 2015. The current term of the parcel tax is set to expire on June 30, 2024. With its renewal on the November 8, 2022 General Election ballot, voters will be asked to extend the tax until such time as the electorate may later act to rescind it. The parcel tax amount is adjusted annually based on any increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Funds from this parcel tax are monitored, and are restricted to be used solely for operation of the Library, maintenance, and administrative expenses. Currently, property owners pay the following rate for Fiscal Year 2021-2022 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022):
- $37.05/year for a single-family residence of up to 2,000 square feet.
- $55.57/year for a larger single-family residence of up to 4,000 square feet.
- $74.10/year for a single-family residence of more than 4,000 square feet.
Owners of multi-family residences pay $18.52/unit, and non-residential property owners pay $37.05 for lots 1⁄4 acre or smaller, and up to $148.20 for lots greater than 3⁄4 acre. Rates increase minimally in August each year, based on any change in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim CPI. Lower-income families are exempt from the tax if their income, adjusted for family size, is at or below 80% of the area median income as determined under the Section 8 Income Limits for Los Angeles.
These parcel tax funds provide nearly 20% of the City of South Pasadena’s Library budget, and can be used only by the South Pasadena Public Library. For more information, please visit https://www.southpasadenaca.gov/government/departments/library/library-parcel-tax