|‘Vote for the Library,’ attached by an emissary to |
a railing at the Ashland Library
I advocated its passage from a geographic distance that I hope to reduce.
I wonder if library administrators would now consider a permanent financing district, as approved during the November election in Multnomah County, Ore.
An article by Robert Plain, circa September 2007 in the Ashland Daily Tidings, cites endorsement by three Jackson County commissioners and former Ashland librarian Amy Blossom. Perhaps this idea should be revisited.
The Multnomah County financing district passed easily this November, according to an account by Dana Tims on Oregonlive.com.
“‘This wasn’t a narrow victory, it was a resounding victory,’ said Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County commission chairman. ‘People in Multnomah County love their libraries, and they showed that tonight.’”
Like JCLS, Multnomah County has multiple branch libraries. The article states, the taxing district is expected to raise about $65 million annually. It replaces a series of three- and five-year levies that financed the system for 36 years:
“Formation of the district means the owner of a median-priced house in the county will pay $49 more per year -- from $156 to $205 -- than under the current temporary levy, which costs 89 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.”I would gladly pay an extra $49 per year to permanently fund local libraries.
Once my family and I have successfully relocated, I will be in a position to communicate the advantages of a permanent financing district for Jackson County libraries.
Submitted as a letter to the editor of the Ashland Daily Tidings