Two weeks ago, I had the privilege to sit down and have a conversation with writer Charles I. Guarria. He is the author of Prop 13: The Second Tax Revolt. It is a book that focuses on library economics. Prop 13 was voted in California in 1978. This was a historic step taken by the citizens of that state in the fight for tax reduction. As a result, property taxes were reduced by 57%.
According to the author, the state of California has long been dubbed as a trend setting state. It is one of the most important sates in the union, both in geography and in its economy—one of the largest in the world. However, the passing of Prop 13 has had a ripple effect on budget management across the country as other states began to follow California’s path.
Chuck Guarria is a scholar and former librarian. So, it is not surprising that his book focuses more on library budgets. Yes, libraries were the most impacted, as state and local governments struggled to find a way to manage the loss in revenue. “On many occasions budget cuts were the solution. Library budgets were frequently the target of those cuts.”
Chuck Guarria is a well-respected writer. His works have been published in scholarly journals, local magazines, and newspapers. He is a three-time-winner of Emerald Group Publishing’s. To learn more about his works, you can visit his website.
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