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