Library Measure on Ballot

7-17 rob web libraryMEDFORD, 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.

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  1. Bookworm says:

    Why do these stodgy commissioners believe that the only way to fund libraries is to raise taxes? This is stupidity and reactionism at it’s worst. Time to get creative without raising yet more taxes to fund overpaid county commissioners, library boards, etc., etc.

    Close the libraries for a few weeks over the course of the year, close three days every month, cut one day a week from the open schedule. Time for these old men to use the brains in theirr heads and act like they don’t have the money but still have to get the job done. The first order of the day would be to cut their own damn bloated salaries.

    Don’t issue moronic and childish threats about closing the libraries permanently. If you can’t do the job, you need to go home. County commissioners weren’t hired to raise taxes but to do the best for the community. So far it’s been an epic fail.

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