Multnomah County library levy passes easily
Measure passing by more than a 4 to 1 margin
May 15, 2012
By Steve Law, The Portland Tribune
In an unexpectedly lopsided vote, Multnomah County voters Tuesday easily approved the renewal of a county library levy for another three years.
Voters were supporting the tax levy by more than a 4 to 1 margin after the first batch of 78,000 votes was counted shortly after polls closed at 8 p.m. That was more than half the expected total vote in the county.
“We didn’t expect this kind of a margin,” said Brian Wilson, campaign chairman. “We thought it would be a sizable win, but we didn’t think it would be this big.”
Billed as Measure 26-125 on the May 15 ballot, the levy will enable the county to continue collecting property taxes to the tune of 89 cents for every $1,000 in assessed value, or $178 for a home assessed at $200,000.
The levy, which replaces a five-year tax measure of the same amount that expires June 30, pays for roughly two-thirds of the cost of operating the Multnomah County library system, including the Central Library in downtown Portland and 18 branches. The rest of the funds come from the county general fund and other sources.
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