Jackson Co. Libraries in Budget Trouble

MEDFORD, Ore. — Widespread budget deficits are affecting county programs and departments across Southern Oregon. The Jackson County Library System could be the latest to feel the cuts.

Jackson County Libraries are facing more than a $250,000 budget shortfall for the coming fiscal year. In order to make up for the loss, library officials and county leaders are looking at several options.

One proposal would create a county-wide surcharge of seven dollars per household to fund the jail, which would free up part of the general fund to go to things like the libraries.

That plan would have gone into effect with support from other commissioners, but Commissioner John Rachor says he wants to put the plan up for a public vote.

“I think it’s a workable idea, just from our lack of federal timber receipts anymore, we just don’t have the income we used to, so we just have to change the way we’re doing business,” said Commissioner Rachor.

Another proposal would create furloughs during which all of the branches in the county would be closed for three or four weeks during the fiscal year.

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  1. Kathryn Thompson says:

    An excellent way to make up a huge amount of the short fall in the budget is to cut the inflated salaries of the county commissioners! Whenever there is talk of having to make cuts, there is never mention of cutting their “already too high” salaries. It seems the county commissioners are the only one who don’t have to “tighten their belts”. The cuts always involve the vulnerable, the home-schooled children and senior citizens, living only on Social Security, who rely on the libraries.

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