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Multnomah County commissioners approve May and November library measures

January 5, 2012

By Beth Slovic, The Oregonian

As expected, Multnomah County commissioners this morning approved back-to-back library measures for the May and November ballots.

That means voters will be asked to consider a three-year library levy of 89 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value in May and six months later to replace that levy with a permanent tax that's 29 cents higher.

About 65 percent of funding for Multnomah County's 19 libraries comes from temporary levies, but supporters want a long-term strategy.

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury acknowledged the two-step approach will require a lot of voter education. "This is not going to be an easy 'yes' vote," Kafoury said. "People are going to be confused."

An earlier proposal, to hold off on a permanent tax until 2014, drew criticism from library supporters who said a library district offered the prospect of stable funding.

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