Proposition 13 – America’s Second Great Tax Revolt: A Forty Year Struggle for Library Survival

Charles I. Guarria
Long Island University, USA

Product Details
06 Dec 2018
Emerald Publishing Limited
128 pages - 152 x 229mm
In 1978, the citizens of California took the historic step of voting for Proposition 13, thus reducing property taxes by 57%. Already known as a trend setting state, California’s tax revolt was no different, as similar tax revisions quickly spread across the United States of America. In California, state and local governments struggled to find a way to manage the loss in revenue. On many occasions budget cuts were the solution. Library budgets were frequently the target of those cuts. 

Proposition 13 - America’s Second Great Tax Revolt details how libraries prioritized, managed and reacted to hardships in this new world, and have done so in California for the last forty years where Proposition 13 is still the law. Library and information science professionals were facing budget cuts that were as high as 65% with little to no guarantee of what future budgets were to be. The actions they took, and the rationale behind those actions, offer significant lessons to be learned by the library community on both an academic and practitioner level. 

Exploring the intended and unintended consequences of Proposition 13, this book provides an insightful understanding of how to manage a library budget given a difficult funding situation. It examines the thought processes behind government financing and spending priorities, and considers how libraries can organize, and participate in activism to influence decision makers.
Chapter 1. 1978-1980: In the Beginning  
Chapter 2. 1980-1989: Transition and Uncertainty 
Chapter 3. 1990-1999: In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb 
Chapter 4. 2000-2010: Good Times and Bad Times in California and Countrywide 
Chapter 5. 2011-2016: Where Are We Now
Charles I. Guarria entered the library profession in 1998. He began his career working for Lehman Brothers in New York City, where he was promoted to Assistant Vice President. In 2004, he joined Long Island University as a library faculty member and is currently an Associate Professor working in the Acquisitions Department. He has published several journal articles on the topics of economics and libraries and is a three-time winner of Emerald Group Publishing’s Highly Commended Award. Charles currently resides in Long Island, New York.
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