Multnomah County library financing district passes easily
on November 06, 2012 at 8:03 PM, updated November 06, 2012 at 9:14 PM
Multnomah County voters approved a request Tuesday night to form a permanent financing district for the county's library system.
In incomplete returns, the measure was passing with 60 percent of voters saying yes and 40 percent saying no.
Passage of the library district marks a milestone in how the county will finance a system made up of the main downtown library and 18 branches.
"This wasn't a narrow victory, it was a resounding victory," said Jeff Cogen, Multnomah County commission chairman. "People in Multnomah County love their libraries, and they showed that tonight."
For the past 36 years, the system has been financed through a series of three- and five-year temporary levies. Now, a taxing district that will raise about $65 million annually will replace those levies, including one that passed with overwhelming support in May.
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