Multnomah Co. libraries to close Mondays
Renewal of the levy maintains all branches, but belt tightening will mean reduced schedule
May 23, 2012
By KOIN Local 6
Beginning July 1, the Multnomah County's libraries will be closed on Mondays and will have reduced hours.
Even though Multnomah County voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the library levy at its current rate this past Tuesday, officials say the vote merely means "stable library funding for the next three years without increasing taxes."
"Voter approval of the local option levy Measure 26-125 means the present property tax collection rate of $.89 per thousand remains the same," according to a statement prepared by Multnomah County Communications Director David Austin. "But since the county and the state are seeing lower property tax revenues, that means — like all county departments — the library has to make some cuts in service."
County Chair Jeff Cogen’s proposed budget contains $10 million in one-time-only money to minimize those cuts. However, even that money "isn’t enough to stave off cuts in these tough economic times," Austin writes. As such, he said a reduction of hours is needed.
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