budget and finance

Josephine Community Library District is supported by a permanent tax rate of 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for property owners within the district. The district serves about 39,000 residents in four noncontiguous areas surrounding the branch libraries in Grants Pass, Illinois Valley, Williams, and Wolf Creek, plus additional properties which have been approved for annexation into the district. This tax base was created when voters approved measure 17-79 on May 16, 2017 by 53 percent of the vote.

In addition to the tax base, the district collects revenue from fines and fees, interest earnings, grants, and donations. Most donations are raised by the district’s support groups: the Josephine County Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library.

volunteers needed for library budget committee

Josephine Community Library District is seeking community members to fill two three-year Budget Committee seats. Registered voters who reside in the library district are eligible to apply. Applications are due by February 7, 2020. The Board of Directors will select and approve the two appointees at its February 19 meeting.

The Budget Committee conducts public meetings generally from March to May to hear the budget message and review the proposed budget. The committee considers public input on the budget and can suggest revisions. The committee-approved budget is then presented to the Board of Directors for adoption by the end of June. Additional meetings may be called throughout the year.

Those interested in applying may download and complete the Volunteer Committee Application for Board Appointment (pdf) (Microsoft Word). Email the completed application to info@josephinelibrary.org by February 7, 2020. For more information, email info@josephinelibrary.org.


For detailed information about the district’s revenues and expenditures, please refer to the budgets below.

FY20: July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020

FY19: July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019

FY18: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

FY20 Budget Committee

The following are the members of the Josephine Community Library District FY20 Budget Committee. The budget officer is Library Director Kate Lasky. Board members serve four-year terms and appointees serve three-year terms.

To be considered as a Budget Committee appointee, download and complete the Volunteer Committee Application for Board Appointment (pdf) (Microsoft Word). Email the application to info@josephinelibrary.org.

committee member board member or appointee affiliation term
Gina Marie Agosta board member patient experience coordinator
Beecher Ellison, JD board member Josephine County Chief Deputy Clerk 2017-2021
Pat Fahey board member general manager,
Sutherlin Sanitary Service
John Harelson, CPA
Board President
board member CPA, former County Treasurer 2019-2023
Bill Kohn, MD appointee physician, retired 2019-2022
Jay Meredith, CPA
Budget Committee
Vice Chair
appointee finance director, City of Grants Pass 2017-2020
Tom Miller appointee library department chair, retired
Rogue Community College
Jim Polk
Budget Committee Chair
appointee recorder/treasurer, retired,
City of Cave Junction
Laurel Samson, MBA
Board Vice President
board member consultant, Laurel Samson Management Services
former city manager, City of Grants Pass
Joanne Stumpf appointee finance director, retired, City of Grants Pass 2017-2019


updated 1/13/2020