September 1, 2014
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - The Henderson Library District is moving ahead with plans to shutter two of its six branches after voters rejected its tax initiative Tuesday.
The Las Vegas Sun reports the branch within the Sunset at Galleria mall will close Nov. 21 and the Malcolm Library in Anthem will close Nov. 30.
About 15 positions will be lost because of the closures.
District Executive Director Thomas Fay says he believes the library district did the best it could in explaining to the public the need for the tax increase, but Nevadans' aversion to new taxes coupled with the sputtering economy were too much to overcome.
Nearly 55 percent of voters cast ballots against the tax initiative, which would have raised property taxes by $14 annually for a $200,000 home.