To meet ever-increasing demand for basic library services, library supporters are asking voters to support Measure 17-79 to form a smaller, noncontiguous library district on the May 16, 2017 ballot.
The smaller district would provide a foundation of stable funding for the future and be completely independent of county government. Stable funding will allow for more hours and better materials.
With the defeat of countywide library district measures in 2006 and 2014, library supporters—including the Josephine Community Libraries Board of Directors and the Keep Our Libraries Open political action committee—concluded that the 2017 version of the measure should have the district boundaries include the service areas around the libraries. This means that the proposed library district will be made up of just those voting precincts that surround one of the four public library branches in Grants Pass, Cave Junction, Williams, and Wolf Creek.
The library district would have its own taxing authority and voter-elected governing library district board separate from county government.
This would be formed with a permanent, dedicated tax rate of 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value for those living within the library district boundaries.
Funds raised by the tax could only be used for the library district, and could not be diverted to other county departments.
For more details, including the proposed district boundary, click to see Frequently asked questions. Read the Josephine Community Lbrary District Economic Feasibility Statement (pdf, 591kb). Go to the website for the Keep Our Libraries Open (KOLO) political action committee to learn more about getting involved.