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Lincoln County Voters To Vote On Renewing Library Levy

Newport Public Library

Voters in unincorporated Lincoln County are deciding this month whether to renew a property tax that ensures they have access to the region’s libraries.

People in Newport, Lincoln City, Toledo and Yachats pay for their libraries through their city taxes. People outside those cities can get a free library card thanks to a decades-old arrangement that’s paid for by a levy on property in unincorporated parts of Lincoln County.

The levy has to be renewed every five years. If Measure 21-197 fails, the Lincoln County Library District says people who live outside city limits could potentially have to start paying for library cards. The district says libraries may also have to reduce hours and curtail interlibrary loans.

There is no organized opposition to the levy. In 2014, the last time the levy was on the ballot, it passed with 70 percent of the vote.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
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