MEDFORD, Ore. — A ballot measure to help keep Jackson County libraries open is set to go on to the May ballot.
Jackson County Commissioners approved the plan this week. If it is passed, it would create a special county-wide library district.
A property tax of 60 cents per thousand dollars of assessed value will raise more than 7 million dollars to keep all of the county’s libraries open. Some smaller branches will also see increased hours.
“A lot of the libraries have asked for more hours. Some of our branch libraries, Butte Falls and Prospect, are only open two days a week. This will increase some of those hours back up,” said Jackson County Commissioner John Rachor.
If the measure does not pass, commissioners say every library outside Medford will close next year and if no more funding is found after that, the Medford branch will close in 2015.