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Eugene Voters Will Decide On Library Levy

Rachael McDonald

The Eugene City Council Monday decided to put a 5-year property tax levy on the November ballot to fund expanded library services.

The $2.7 million levy would add back hours to Sunday mornings at the downtown library. It would also restore 22 hours a week at the Bethel and Sheldon branches. Open hours were reduced several years ago because of budget shortfalls.
Eugene Public Library Director Connie Bennett says there was public outcry when those cuts were made.

Bennett: "One of the comments that we heard repeatedly from people was: "Why didn't you tell us that this was a likely consequence? I would have happily paid a little more for an alternative.'"

The levy would also fund more free programs at branch libraries and a mobile van to deliver programs around town. The levy also adds back $300 thousand to the library materials budget for books and technology. Bennett says the levy would cost an average homeowner $3 per month or $36 a year.

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s former News Director. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000. After reporting for the Northwest News Network and KAZU, Rachael returned to KLCC in 2007 as Morning Edition host and a general assignment reporter covering politics, the environment, education, and the arts. She was hired as KLCC News Director in 2018. Rachael departed KLCC in June, 2022.
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