Update, July 21. We are pleased to report that the Governor has signed this bill into law. The question now heads to the voters in November.
Ask the Governor to Sign the NJ Library Construction Bond Act
The League supports the “New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act.” This legislation would authorize, upon voter approval, the issuance of $125,000,000 in general obligation bonds to finance capital projects at public libraries and appropriates $5,000. If approved by the voters, this will provide funding for the much-needed construction, reconstruction, development, extension, improvement, and furnishing of New Jersey’s public libraries. Specifically, for any approved project financed by bond proceeds, the grant award will support 50% of the cost of the project, and the appropriate local governing entity in the area served by the public library will support 50% of the cost of the project.
This bipartisan legislation was approved by the General Assembly on June 22 by a 63-12 vote. The State Senate followed with its approval on July 4 by a vote of 31-2. The bills now sit on the Governor’s desk for his consideration. The Governor has until August 18 or the following quorum call of the General Assembly, whichever is later. However, because this bill proposes a statewide ballot question, in order for this to appear on the ballot it must be signed by August 29.
Why the League supports A-222/S-2171:
- This bill addresses a critical need. Many public libraries in New Jersey are not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Other facilities are simply outdated and cannot accommodate modern technologies.
- Voter approval. The NJ Library Construction Bond Act will, if agreed upon by the voters, provide an appropriate revenue source and thus diminish the financial impact on the local governing entities.
- We are joined in support of this important and timely legislation by the New Jersey Library Association.
What you can do?
Please contact the Governor’s office (609-292-6000 or by clicking here) and ask him to sign A-222S-2171 into law.
Contacts: Jon Moran, Sr. Legislative Analyst, firstname.lastname@example.org, 609-695-3481 x121.
Michael Cerra, Assistant Executive Director, email@example.com, 609-695-3481 x120.