Libraries to Extend Hours

MEDFORD, Ore.– Jackson County Libraries will be expanding their hours starting in 2015. Permanent funding approved by voters in the May election will allow libraries to add a total of 58 hours per week. Eleven out of 15 county libraries will be adding hours. This includes an additional 16 hours for the Medford branch every … Continue reading »

Library Board Sets Tax Rate

MEDFORD, Ore. — The new Jackson County Library District Board has decided on a tax rate, but it could be a while before patrons begin to see changes. Thursday morning, the board decided to set a tax rate at 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. That was the maximum allowed under the measure … Continue reading »

New Jackson Co. Library Board Meets

MEDFORD, Ore. — The New Jackson County Library Board plans to have a tax rate in place by the middle of August. The five person board met for the first time this morning. The board will decide of a tax rate to help expand hours and services at Jackson County Libraries. That tax rate could … Continue reading »

New Library Board Set to Begin Work

MEDFORD, 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. … Continue reading »

Voters Show More Support for Libraries

MEDFORD, Ore. — Seven years after Jackson County voters rejected a tax levy to fund libraries, opinions may have have changed, and now the libraries will stay open with the creation of a special tax district. Voters approved a measure to create a special five-person board, who will enact a tax of up to 60 … Continue reading »

Library Measure on Ballot

MEDFORD, 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 … Continue reading »

Library Taxing District on Ballot

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 … Continue reading »

Commissioners Reject Jail Surcharge

MEDFORD, Ore. — A proposed jail surcharge that could have freed up funding for libraries has been rejected by Jackson County Commissioners. Commissioners John Rachor and Doug Breidenthal voted against putting the surcharge on the November ballot, while Don Skundrick voted in favor. Rachor says his decision was based on a recent survey in which … Continue reading »

Jackson County Libraries Face Closure

MEDFORD, Ore. — Nearly all of the libraries in Jackson County could close by next year if officials cannot find additional funding. A poll of a potential surcharge that could have freed up funds to help the library showed opposition to the plan. Two year old Finn and his mother spent Wednesday at the Medford … Continue reading »