The 2018 Banks Public Library book sale. Photo: Chas Hundley
Washington County Cooperative Library Services placed a new levy on the May 19 ballot that would renew the five-year property tax levy currently providing 40 percent of library system funding the library system, which is set to expire in July 2021.
If passed, Measure 34-297 would retain the current property-tax rate associated with the existing levy at a fixed rate of 22 cents per $1,000 of assessed value through July 2026.
In other words, homeowners with an assessed value (not market value) of $300,000 would pay $66 annually, or $5.50 each month.
The measure would maintain current resources that Washington County libraries provide, and continue providing funds for purchasing new books and e-resources, maintaining current hours for libraries across the county, operating . . .
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