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November Ballot Measure: Eugene Library Levy: Is it Worth The Cost?

Recorded on: Oct. 2nd, 2015

Air Date: Oct. 5th, 2015

When Eugene voters cast their ballots on November 3rd, they will be asked to vote for or against a five-year local option levy. On the ballot as Measure 20-235, the levy would provide funding for Eugene’s public library. A previous library levy provided about 25 percent of the library’s budget.

A significant portion of the new levy would be used to increase hours at the Bethel and Sheldon branches. Those branches are currently open only 26 hours a week. Income from the levy could also provide increased programming to support early literacy and additional resources for public use.

Many supporters of the ballot measure advocate a ‘Yes’ vote. Some opponents blame the need for added revenue on the mismanagement of city funds and a lack of fiscal accountability by the Mayor and City Council. Both sides favor library services, but opponents are not eager to provide further monetary contributions.

Val Hoyle has 25 years of private sector business experience and is a longtime advocate for high quality public education, including many years as a parent volunteer with Stand for Children. Since 2009, she has represented House District 14, encompassing West Eugene, Junction City, and Cheshire.

Bonny Bettman McCornack is a retired registered nurse. She served 8 years as a city councilor representing Eugene Ward 1. She took leading roles in developing the police auditor office, increasing EPD services downtown, and improving library funding during her tenure.

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