Measure Y Voter Investment in Libraries

About Measure Y

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 Brooke Greene
    (Cloverdale Library Commissioner)
  3. Sarah Glade Gurney, appointed by Fred Engbarth
    (Sebastopol Library Commissioner)
  4. Jenny Meeker, appointed by Sarah Laggos
    (Joint Santa Rosa City and County of Sonoma 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. Sherri Oster, appointed by Eve Goldberg
    (County of Sonoma Library Commissioner)
  9. Vacant, to be appointed by Cotati Library Commissioner
  10. Tim May, appointed by Paul Heavenridge
    (Petaluma Library Commissioner)
  11. Charlene Luks, appointed by Andy Elkind
    (Healdsburg Library Commissioner)

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

Measure Y Oversight Committee document