Library-Tax Supporters Contribute $265,000

Voters in Clayton and other St. Louis County Library system cities will decide Nov. 6 whether to approve the Proposition L tax increase for construction and branch maintenance.

More than $265,000 in contributions have been made to support a committee backing the proposed St. Louis County Library tax increase appearing on the Nov. 6 ballot. Voters in Clayton will decide whether to approve or reject the measure along with other people living in the library system.

More than 80 percent of contributions made to the Proposition L committee—called Citizens for Our Library and Our Community—happened between June 30 and Sept. 30. Giving and spending for that period is documented in an Oct. 1 filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The committee received $215,000 in the last three months, bringing total contributions to just over $265,000.

Nearly 70 percent of expenditures made by the committee also happened in the last three months. That works out to about $96,000 in expenditures between the end of June and the end of September, part of the nearly $140,000 in total spending.

Other highlights for the period:

  • About 70 percent of total campaign contributions came from a single donor: Civic Progress Action Committee, which made two $75,000 gifts.
  • Other large single-amount contributions included those from Jacobs Engineering ($7,500), Interface Construction Co. ($5,000), Enterprise Holdings Inc. Political Action Committee ($5,000), Lashly Baer P.C. ($5,000), S.M. Wilson ($5,000), KAI ($5,000), Color Art Integrated Interiors ($5,000) and Sachs Electric Co. ($5,000).
  • The committee spent more than $33,000 with Clayton-based Sequel LLC for services such as consulting, mailings and poll workers.
  • Not all of the money stayed in St. Louis. Close to $28,000 was spent with Alexandria, VA-based Murphy Vogel Askew Reilly LLC for creative development, consulting and a digital media buy. 
  • Other large single-amount expenditures went to a postmaster for mailing ($6,000), Mulligan Printing for printing services ($5,900), Terrance Jones for a tracking survey ($5,000) and Majority Strategies for fundraising consulting ($4,800).

More about Proposition L on Patch:

  • Should Clayton Library Move to The Center of Clayton?
  • Builders Back County Library Tax Levy
  • Library Tax Levy Will Appear on Clayton Ballots
Mick Hopson October 08, 2012 at 08:38 PM
If the library is moved to the CoC, will there be sheltered parking? If not, leave it where it is. If a library is needed by Clayton High students, build a small annex for them. The current library in it's current location is functioning very nicely.
Nate Birt (Editor) October 08, 2012 at 09:09 PM
Great question, Mick. It's my understanding that the original proposal included a parking garage that would feature at least some covered spaces. I think the key issue is making more space for Mid-County Branch patrons because the demand has outgrown the current facility. If anyone knows more about this, please weigh in!


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