Washington County voters have passed a renewal of a five-year levy for the Washington County Cooperative Library System with 68% of the vote, unofficial voting results Tuesday, May 19, show.
Measure 34-297 will go toward supporting 16 libraries run by nine cities and three community groups in the county.
The levy is 22 cents per $1,000 of taxable property value, unchanged from the current rate that has been in effect since 2016 and was set to expire in June 2021. Libraries receive about 40% of their operating money from the levy. The county general fund and city budgets fund libraries' other costs.
Funding will go toward children's reading programs, resources for job seekers available at libraries, and purchasing of books, e-books and other library materials.
Libraries saw 3.8 million visits in fiscal year 2018-19, and the use of the county library system's online services has increased dramatically since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2021, homeowners with an average assessed value of $300,000 would pay $66 per year.
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