Vote for libraries

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Letters to the Editor | Comments Off on Vote for libraries

 

April 25, Mail Tribune:

Opportunity knocks for Jackson County! In May we can vote to form a library district. The district will provide funding for our 15 libraries that will no longer depend on county support.

The libraries will be governed by an independent board, not the county commissioners. The district board would manage the libraries using the funds provided. The funds could not be increased except by vote, and cannot be taken by the county. Library hours can be increased.

Libraries provide an important role in the community, and make Jackson County a great place to live. Books and research materials are in demand, with circulation setting records. Libraries have embraced the digital age. Computer classes and public computers are well used. Job seekers and small businesses are big users. The public meeting rooms are used by over 5,000 residents per year. I urge your vote in the May primary election. — Bruce McGregor, Medford