Volunteers to collect signatures Saturday to get library funding initiative on November ballot

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Volunteers are collecting signatures Saturday to help “Save the Libraries” in Kern County.

Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to noon, the Library Initiative for Everyone will have volunteers set up at various Starbucks locations in Bakersfield to collect signatures to get a library funding measure on the November ballot.

The group says they are close to getting the 13,256 signatures needed to get the measure on the ballot. You can look for their volunteers with red signs that read “Will you sign to Save our Libraries?”

LIFE is hoping to get a sales tax increase initiative they say would allow libraries to stay open a minimum of five days a week, while increasing programs for children and teens.

“Though it is a dreaded sales tax, it is tiny and will cost the average Kern County family less than $15 a year if they spend $1,000 a month on taxable non-food items. It is a tiny tax that can do big things for Kern County,” Linda Fiddler, one of the proponents of the initiative, said according to a statement.

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