Council members voted 4-0 to rename the measure from "Adopting a Special Library Parcel Tax" to the "Save Our Pomona Public Library" measure.
Councilwoman Paula Lantz said several members of a community-wide task force working on long- and short-term strategies in support of the Pomona Public Library suggested giving the measure a name other than referring to it as a library parcel tax.
Council members had three options to chose from going into the meeting, according to a city staff report.
- Option A: Fund the Pomona Library Measure
- Option B: Keep the Pomona Library Open Measure
- Option C: Maintain the Pomona Library Measure
Lantz suggested calling the measure "Save Our Pomona Public Library" and seeking to have it designated as Measure L.
City Clerk Marie Macias said the city can ask the Los Angeles County Registrar-Record/County Clerk to give the measure the letter "L" designation.
Mayor Elliott Rothman said he preferred the measure's original name because it describe what the item is about.
Lantz's suggestion reflects the wording that already appears on a website created by the task force - www.soppl.org - which stands for Save Our Pomona Public Library.
Members of the task force began meeting this summer after a proposal went to the City Council to close the library for a year as a cost-savings measure.
Council members then called on city administrators to find a way to keep the facility open. City staff members were able to come up with $400,000 to operate the library during the 2012-2013 fiscal year.
That amount will require reducing library hours, service and staff.
Since then residents, business people and others have been looking for ways to raise funds to augment library services and operations.
The parcel tax will require the support of two-thirds of those who cast votes in November.
Should the measure pass, single family home property owners would pay $38 a year that would go toward library operations and services.