Proposed Multnomah County library district focus of upcoming public hearing
Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012, 5:16 PM
A public hearing set for Tuesday morning will give the public a last chance to weigh in on whether Multnomah County should put a permanent library district on the November ballot.
The hearing, scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Multnomah Building on Southeast Hawthorne Blvd., will precede a Thursday board meeting, when the five commissioners are expected to vote on the issue.
Placing a proposed permanent library district on the ballot would give county voters the chance to restore library operations to seven days a week.
Although renewal of a three-year operating levy passed with overwhelming voter support in May, cuts to the county's overall budget still have resulted in the library's main branch and 18 satellites being closed on Mondays.
Heading into Tuesday's hearing, public interest in the future of the county's library system appears to be substantial. More than 20,000 area residents have visited the county's website to take a short survey asking what level of financial support the library should receive.
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