In early July, I wrote about the need for passage of legislation calling for a $125 million bond referendum for local libraries statewide. The bill, with 60 sponsors in the Assembly and Senate, passed both houses and was signed July 21 by Gov. Chris Christie.
With that, the funding question will be on the November general election ballot — which means the ball is now in our court as voters.
If we approve on Nov. 7, the bond issue would offer dollar-for-dollar matching state funds for local or county library projects.
This 50-50 cost-sharing arrangement seems eminently fair. On one hand, the state is providing a strong platform in support of local libraries. On the other hand, the municipality or county involved has adequate skin in the game and a mechanism to leverage its resources. What could be more reasonable than that?
Read the full article by Guest Columnist Albert B. Kelly at NJ.com