Measure Y Voter Investment in Libraries

In November 2016, 72 percent of Sonoma County voters approved Measure Y, a one-eighth of a cent sales tax to support the 14-branch Sonoma County Library system.

Measure Y Ordinance and Expenditure Plan

Measure Y Ordinance document

The funds are being used to:

  • Increase hours
  • Increase access
  • Expand collections
  • Expand programs and services
  • Maintain library facilities

From early literacy programs, to improved access to historical materials; from child and teen programming, to help for veterans and job seekers; from expanded bilingual collections, to new online streaming; your sales tax pennies add up to exciting improvements at your local free public library!

As part of our commitment to transparency, the Sonoma County Library Commission appointed a diverse Measure Y Oversight Committee, volunteers like you who meet to review revenues and expenditures. The committee reports are available here:

Measure Y Oversight Committee

Sonoma County Library would like to thank the current members of the Measure Y Oversight Committee:

  1. Janis Brokaw, appointed by Barbara Mackenzie (Rohnert Park Library Commissioner)
  2. Linda Clapp, appointed by Reece Foxen (Cloverdale Library Commissioner)
  3. Walt Frazer appointed by Fred Engbarth (Sebastopol Library Commissioner)
  4. Judith Glenn, appointed by Karen Schneider (Joint Santa Rosa City and Sonoma County Library Commissioner)
  5. Barbara Hughes, appointed by Tom Haeuser (Sonoma Valley Library Commissioner)
  6. Evette Minor, appointed by David Cahill (Santa Rosa Library Commissioner)
  7. Mike Neely, appointed by Deborah Doyle (Windsor Library Commissioner)
  8. Nace Nickel, appointed by Sam Mulford (County of Sonoma Library Commissioner)
  9. John Dell Osso appointed by Rachel Parker (Cotati Library Commissioner)
  10. Tim May appointed by Paul Heavenridge (Petaluma Library Commissioner)

Guidelines for the Citizens’ Oversight Committee
for the expenditure of Measure Y Funds

Measure Y Oversight Committee document