Voters say 'Yes' to libraries: Multnomah County's award-winning system gets permanent funding

November 7, 2012

Multnomah County voters have approved a measure to create a library tax district, according to the latest election results.

Measure 26-143 was winning 62 percent to 38 percent, according to the Multnomah County Elections Division.

“We are ecstatic about the results,” County Chair Jeff Cogen said. “Multnomah County voters have spoken, and they've made it clear that they want to see their library system thrive. Their votes have secured permanent funding for one of the most beloved services that we offer. Now we will see hours returned to normal, we will see programs restored and the opportunities for everyone who visits the library branches will be improved.”

The tax district will fund library services and hours at a rate not to exceed $1.24 per $1,000 assessed value and will go into effect on July 1, 2013 replacing the current levy.

The Multnomah County Library system is the largest in the state and serves 35,000 residents each day either in person at its 19 branches or online. It receives most of its funding from the county’s general fund and revenue from the levy, which is 89 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

The library will provide information about the library district transition in the weeks and months to come. Stay on top of what's happening by watching for updates here on our website, via Facebook and Twitter, and at your neighborhood library.

Check the Multnomah County Elections Division website for elections result updates.