Voters Show More Support for Libraries

LibraryMEDFORD, 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 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property value. It will go toward increasing hours and expanding programs in local libraries.

Supporters say this year’s plan for a tax district appealed to voters more than previous ideas for a tax levy, because they won’t have to rely on county commissioners for funding. Supporters of the tax district said taxing a smaller amount that the 60 cents per thousand will still be enough to keep libraries open and expand services.