Close straw ballot results for independent library district



JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Tens of thousands of people weighed in today and it looks like an extremely tight race.

Right now it looks like the "no" votes are leading the "yes" votes by 1,170 ballots.

Advocates say creating a separate taxing district would provide a more secure funding source.

But opponents say it could lead to tax increases.

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State Senator Audrey Gibson says it all comes down to the have's and the have nots.

“If you have access to all the latest technology, then maybe libraries aren't important to you. But if you don't in particular for children after school doing homework, I've seen people meet business clients at the library, community meetings are held there. If you need that space for those reasons then libraries are important to you,” Audrey Gibson.

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If the straw ballot passes, state lawmakers will decide whether to place it on the ballot in November or in 2016.