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.