Commissioners approve final steps on Library measure

, Posted: Wed, June 18 2014 at 7:02 PM, Updated: Wed, June 18 2014 at 7:12 PM

Medford, Ore -- Book lovers in Jackson County will soon see more hours and programs after commissioners finalized the passage of a measure to fund libraries.

  Measure 15-122 passed in May with 56-percent of Jackson County voters approving.

  In a hearing, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners recognized the measure, which will increase library hours, add books and create programs for kids among other things.

 

   Funds for the library district used to come out of the county's general fund which has resulted in cutbacks.

 

   With the passage of 15-122, a new five-member board will decide how much of the Jackson County property tax will go towards the district's 15 library branches.

 

   The new library board can tax up to $.60 per $1000 of assessed property value.

 

   Commissioners also finalized measure 15-121 which taxpayers approved last month supporting extension services like 4H.

 

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