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Eugene Library Director Pleased as Levy Passes 52-48%

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In Tuesday's special election, the levy to support the Eugene Public Library passed by just under 2,000 votes.

The property tax levy is expected to bring in about $2.7-million a year for five years. This will help restore hours and services as well as add new offerings. Library Director Connie Bennett says the funding will make a difference.

Bennett: "I'm particularly pleased for the neighborhood branches that are going to be going from the current 26 hours a week to 48 hours a week, full library service across 6 days, additional books, technology and programs that they've just been doing without since the recession. And so, I'm just so pleased for our whole community."

Bennett acknowledged not everybody supported the measure. She says there are always conversations to be had when it comes to prioritizing and funding services. Unofficial returns show 52.7 percent voted in favor and 47.2 percent were opposed.

Update 10 pm:

Lane County, Oregon             
                      Special Election
                      November 3, 2015
                      Results as of 10PM

 


   VOTES                       PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 62) .  .  .  .  .        62                      100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .   134,482
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .    44,164
           BALLOTS CAST - BLANK.  .  .  .  .  .  .        21                                  .05
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .                                      32.84
           VOTER TURNOUT - BLANK  .  .  .  .  .  .                                           .02

          20-235 City of Eugene
          Five year library local option levy
          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    16,291      52.04
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    15,011   47.96

          20-236 City of Springfield
          Renewal of fire & life safety services local option levy
          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,888   75.04
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,958   24.96

          20-237 South Lane County Fire & Rescue District
          General obligation bond
          (VOTE FOR)  1
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     3,172   63.54
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,820   36.46

Update 9:30 pm: Eugene Library Director Connie Bennett tells KLCC she is "really hopeful" the library funding levy will pass. She and supporters are gathered and waiting for Lane County Elections to release updated results at 10pm.

8:00 pm

Measure 20-235, a five-year local option levy for Eugene Public Libraries, appears to be passing with a slim margin.

Springfield voters overwhelmingly approved a renewal of the levy to support fire and life safety services. And voters in South Lane County said yes to a general obligation bond to pay for the Fire & Rescue District.

LANE COUNTY SPECIAL ELECTION RESULTS   November 3, 2015
                      Results as of 8PM, next results at 10PM

                                                       VOTES PERCENT

           PRECINCTS COUNTED (OF 62) .  .  .  .  .        62  100.00
           REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL .  .  .  .  .   134,482
           BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL.  .  .  .  .  .  .    37,397
           BALLOTS CAST - BLANK.  .  .  .  .  .  .  16     
           VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL  .  .  .  .  .  .27.81
           VOTER TURNOUT - BLANK  .  .  .  .  .  . .01

          20-235 City of Eugene
          Five year library local option levy
           
           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    13,545   51.35
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .    12,832   48.65

          20-236 City of Springfield
          Renewal of fire & life safety services local option levy

           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     5,111   75.29
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,677   24.71

          20-237 South Lane County Fire & Rescue District
          General obligation bond

           Yes  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     2,692   63.87
           No.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .     1,523   36.13

Angela Kellner is the KLCC host of All Things Considered and a reporter. Angela began as a KLCC volunteer in 1991 when she was in high school. While a student at Lane Community College, she was hired in 1993 for a work-study position in the KLCC Music Department and has been with the station in some role since then. Angela hosted KLCC's world music program Tropical Beat for 11 years from 1994 to 2005 and continues to fill in on a monthly basis.
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