Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

Jul 18, 2014

Library HQ in Medford.
Credit Oregon Historical County Records Guide

The property taxes assessed for library operations in Jackson County will be the maximum allowed, 60 cents per thousands dollars of assessed value. 

Jackson County voters approved the formation of a library district in the May election, and supporters rejoiced. 

Then they took a look at the task at hand, and it's a big one. 

The library district, through its board, formally got the responsibility of running the county libraries on July 1, just a month and a half after the election. 

And there are many details to work out before the libraries are truly separate from Jackson County government. 

Library board member Maureen Swift checks in to describe the early days of the district.