Local tax bills include library district

Property owners outside new library district can opt in

This October property owners will see a new tax rate on their annual tax bill—Josephine Community Library District (JCLD)—at a rate of $0.39 per $1,000 assessed value.

This past May, voters approved the formation of a library district in the four library branch areas of Grants Pass, Williams, Wolf Creek, and Illinois Valley. The new tax rate is assessed at a total of $1,358,236 for the library, which will allow the four branches to be open more hours and improve materials early next year.

“We’re thrilled to be receiving public funding for our libraries again,” said JCLD Board Member Jennifer Roberts. “We’re relieved that we have stable income, and we’re excited that the creativity and energy that used to go into fundraising can now be used to provide critical library services to our community.”

Because the new library district area is smaller, some residents might not see the library district on their tax bill. To find out if your property is in the district, click here or co.josephine.or.us to access the district’s interactive map.

Taxpayers who would like to add their property to the library district may do so through the annexation process and should call the library to be added to the “opt in” list for next steps. Residents of properties within the library district do not have to purchase a library card for full borrowing privileges. The explanation regarding the process for withdrawing from the district can generally be found in ORS 198.870 to 198.882, and requires that an individual property owner within the district be included for the first two years before they can opt out.

For more information about the tax statement, call the Josephine County Treasure or the Josephine County Assessor’s office. To be added to the library’s annexation “opt in” list, call the Grants Pass branch at 541-476-0571 or email info@josephinelibrary.org.