Heather Staten of the Save Our Library committee reports that the Hood River County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday evening approved asking voters to support a levy of 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

The measure, to be placed on the November 2 ballot, would be the second funding proposal to go before Hood River County voters. In May, voters rejected a request for 70 cents per $1,000.

Hood River Mayor Arthur Babitz presented the Board of Commissioners with the report and recommendations of the Save Our Library committee’s 16-member model budget committee.  The lower tax rate is based on a budget model that offers fewer library services,  increased dependence on non-tax revenue including private donations, fees and charges, in-kind contributions from county/city government and grants. Volunteer hours would also help avoid need for additional revenue to pay staff.

Click here to see the full report.

Or go to the Save Our Library committee’s web site.