Approve the library district

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Letters to the Editor | Comments Off on Approve the library district

 

March 9, Mail Tribune:

In May, Jackson County voters will have the opportunity to create a special library district because a survey of voters showed they want libraries to be open more, not closed.

The library district would be governed by an elected board, much like school and fire districts. The measure sets a permanent rate limit for funding, which cannot be raised, and the library board would decide how much of that amount to levy each year. This funding cannot be rolled into the county’s general fund as past levies have been and cannot be used for anything other than libraries.

The special district would give libraries stable, dedicated funding and a board whose only concern would be the libraries. Library funding would no longer depend on the availability of money in the County’s general fund, allowing the libraries to continue to play their vital role in our communities. — Susan Kiefer, Prospect