Commissioners postpone Josephine Co. Library District rulings for 60 days

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – Josephine County commissioners say they’re going to put all Library District rulings on hold for the next 60 days.

Earlier this month, commissioners approved Josephine County homeowner Mike Pelfry’s petition to opt out of the district after he claimed his property doesn’t benefit from being in the district.  Since then, four more petitions were filed and presented to the commissioners asking to allow their properties to also opt out.

At Wednesday’s meeting, commissioner Herman Baertshiger Jr. said they met with legal counsel earlier this week to discuss the legalities of annexations from the library district.

He said after discussions with the county legal team, they felt it best to put all future discussions on hold, including petitions from five homeowners to opt into the Library District, while the county gets legal input.

“We are not blocking anything,” Commissioner Baertschiger said.  “We are not denying these individuals.  We are just putting the process on hold for 60 days because we are unsure that we’re doing it correctly and I have to take the advice of our legal team.”

The Josephine Community Library Board president previously told us the board would seek an injunction to stop commissioners from approving opt outs of the district.

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Taylar Ansures is a producer and reporter for NBC5 News. Taylar is from Redding, California and went to California State University, Chico. After graduating, she joined KRCR News Channel 7 in Redding as a morning producer. She moved to Southern Oregon in 2022 to be closer to family and became KTVL News 10’s digital producer. Taylar is currently finishing her Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing through the University of Denver. In her free time, Taylar frequents independent bookstores and explores hiking trails across Southern Oregon and Northern California.
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