MEDFORD, Ore. — It’s now up to the community to decide the fate of Jackson County libraries.
The city council voted in a 6 to 0 decision on Thursday afternoon for the city to be included in the special library taxing district. Residents will be able to vote on the May 2014 ballot for the taxing district.
The library has always been funded by the county, but budget cuts are putting the fifteen Jackson County libraries in jeopardy. If the taxing district is approved, there is a possibility all of the libraries in Jackson County could remain open.
“The council feels it’s very important that the citizens of Medford be able to have their voice heard in this process and that is why we supported the inclusion of Medford in the district,” said Medford City Council Councilman Daniel Bunn.
If the taxing district passes on the May ballot, the tax levies will go into effect in November 2014.