MEDFORD, Ore. — Jackson County is still taking steps to create their own library taxing district. In late December, commissioners approved the request, but now they must hear from county residents before approving the measure.
On Wednesday, Jackson County commissioners held their first of two public hearings, required by law, before approving the measure for the May 2014 ballot. More than a dozen Jackson County residents showed up to the meeting to voice their opinions.
“It’s very important for us to have that stable funding to allow the libraries to operate in an environment where they are not constantly threatened by closure… where they’re not constantly having to scramble to raise money to keep the libraries open,” said Friends of the Medford Library president, Maureen Swift.
The next public hearing over the library taxing district will be held on February 12. At the end of that meeting county commissioners will vote on whether to put the taxing district on the ballot.