July 25, 2012

On June 28, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners approved an order asking for public input on the creation of a dedicated library district to fund library services, operations, books, materials, programs and activities. 

Such a library district would provide permanent, stable funding for the library, which currently receives up to two-thirds of its funding from a temporary tax levy of 89 cents per $1,000 assessed value.

Based on initial feedback from public outreach, commissioners will consider referring a library district to the November 2012 ballot for voter approval during their Aug. 2 board meeting.

Though our five community listening sessions have come to a close, residents still have the opportunity to weigh in on the future of the Multnomah County Library system by completing an online survey, attending the July 31 public hearing and submitting public testimony.

The county-conducted online survey, which has received more than 20,000 responses, will remain open to participants until 5 p.m. on July 31.  Click here to complete the survey.

Also on Tuesday, July 31, the county will host a public hearing where residents can deliver testimony regarding their views on the library’s future directly to the Board of County Commissioners. This meeting begins at 10 a.m. and will be conducted in the boardroom of the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.

Those who cannot attend the meeting can still fill out and submit their public testimony forms Public Testimony Form (470.47 KB) to the board clerk at boardclerk@multco.us.

The Board of Commissioners vote on the referral of a library district to the November 2012 ballot will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 and will also take place in the boardroom of the Multnomah Building.