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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Back To Square One For Josephine Libraries

Credit keepourlibrariesopen.com

What next for libraries in Josephine County

They've already been shut out of the county budget and run as a non-profit for several years. 

And a recent vote to create a library district--as Jackson County did--failed with voters. 

That leaves new efforts to raise money, or budget cuts, or both. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri July 18, 2014

Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed March 12, 2014

Jackson County Prepares To Vote On Libraries

Main library in Medford.
Credit Oregon Historical County Records Guide

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. 

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Measure To Be On May Ballot
6:47 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Jackson County Voters To Decide On Library District

The Main Library in Medford.
Credit Oregon Historical County Records Guide

The fate of the Jackson County library will go before voters in May.

If passed, the proposal for a special tax district would create a property tax up to 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

A board of directors separate from the County Commissioners would run the district.

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