Library Taxing District Moves Forward

library districtMEDFORD, Ore. — Starting July 1, the Jackson County Library District will go into effect, but library supporters say there is still a long road ahead.

The new library board still has to be put in place, and tax rates must be decided for residents.  Library officials said the process is similar to forming a new branch of government.

They plan on working hand-in-hand with county administrators to figure out how to operate the new district.

“We’re going to have to figure out how to take the library out of the county, make it independent, and then move forward with how we go about budgeting, and all of the other decisions that we will have,” said Maureen Swift, President of Friends of the Library and newly appointed Library District Board Member.

The board also needs to create a budget committee.  From there it will figure out the tax rate to charge the public.   The public voted for a 60 cent per every $1000 of assessed property value tax rate, but Swift said that is a maximum.  The Library district may charge tax payers less.