Magazine article American Libraries

Jackson Rejects Levy to Reopen Libraries

Magazine article American Libraries

Jackson Rejects Levy to Reopen Libraries

Article excerpt

Voters in Jackson County, Oregon, decisively rejected a property tax levy May 15 that would have reopened the county's library system, which shut down April 6. The proposal, which would have raised $8.3 million annually, lost by a vote of 58-42%.

"It's a discouraging day for the libraries and the people of Jackson County," Joe Davis, chairman of the Save Our Library System campaign, said in the May 16 Medford Mail Tribune, adding that the defeat did not mean residents don't support the libraries but rather that they opposed this method of funding them.

Realtor Don Rist, who campaigned against the levy, pointed out that it lost by virtually that same margin as a similar measure last year that was defeated by 59-41%. "Instead of coming up with something new, they did the same thing as last November," said Rist.

The system's financial crisis results from Congress's failure last year to renew the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self Determination Act of 2000, a timber subsidy to communities whose revenue relies on the logging industry, leaving Jackson County with a $23-million shortfall. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.