Like so many other things, public libraries have become a political football in recent decades, subject to cutting or closing to balance local budgets.
Jackson County lived through one round of library shutdowns in 2007, only to see libraries reopen with outsourced management and reduced hours.
County commissioners say they'll be forced to close libraries without a new funding source. Enter the new funding source: a separate library district that includes all of Jackson County.
A vote to establish the district appears on the May election ballot (Measure 15-122).
Former Ashland mayor and campaign leader Cathy Shaw joins us to explain the plan.