MEDFORD, Ore. — The new Jackson County Library District Board has decided on a tax rate, but it could be a while before patrons begin to see changes.
Thursday morning, the board decided to set a tax rate at 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That was the maximum allowed under the measure approved by voters in May.
Much of that money will be used to pay back Jackson County, which is financing library operations for the next 17 months.
About $500,000 will be used in the short term to expand some library hours and services.
“We are at the very beginning of forming a new district,” said board member Monica Weyhe. “We will be getting input from library staff and communities.”
Some of the money collected with the tax will be put into reserves to continue to expand services in the coming years.