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Lincoln County Library District To Vote On Measure 21-156

Newport Public Library

Lincoln County libraries are hoping voters will say “yes” to ballot Measure 21-156. The measure asks the Library District to renew the levy that’s been funding the county’s five public libraries since the mid-90s.

Measure 21-156 asks county voters living outside of Lincoln City, Newport, Toledo and Yachats to renew the levy taxing nine cents on every 1,000 dollars of property value. These voters make up the Lincoln County Library District. The tax allows residents throughout the county access to the library. Ted Smith, the director at Newport Public Library explains:

Smith: “City residents pay, in Toledo, Newport, and Lincoln City, all pay property taxes and a portion of those property taxes are already set aside for the library. But, the patrons who live outside, this was to assure that they could use any library in Lincoln County for free. They could get a library card and use all of our services, just as if they were living in the city.”

The tax revenue is split between the Newport, Toledo, Waldport, Siletz, and Driftwood public libraries.

If passed, the measure will be renewed for the next 5 years beginning summer 2015. The county assessor estimates it will bring in over 326-thousand dollars next fiscal year.

So far, Smith says he hasn’t heard of any opposition to the measure.

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