New Library Board Set to Begin Work

Jackson County LibrariesMEDFORD, Ore. —   The board members of the new Jackson County Library District hope to have a tax rate in place within a few months.

In May, voters approved the creation of a library tax district, which will be run by a five-person board. The board was officially approved by Jackson County Commissioners Wednesday morning.

The board will meet for the first time on July 3, and hopes to have a tax rate established by August, which would affect tax collection in November. Some board members said they want to visit individual libraries and talk to visitors about what services they want, and whether they want to expand the hours the libraries are open.

The tax level will depend on the desired service levels sought for the libraries. The board could collect a maximum of 60 cents for every $1,000 of assessed property value, but may choose to tax a smaller amount.