What is the purpose of this local option levy? Fern Ridge Library District has placed a levy on the November ballot (Measure 20-317) for $0.35 per $1000 of assessed property value for a term of five years. These funds would be used for day-to-day library services. Why does the library need a local-option levy? We have a permanent tax base of $0.3824 per $1000 of assessed property value. This amount only covers 60% of the budget needed to pay for the level of service currently provided. The remainder of our funds comes from the local-option levy. Our current levy is for $0.35, so this measure does not propose an increase current tax.
What happens if the levy passes? If measure 20-317 passes, the library could operate at current levels for the entirety of the 5-year period of the levy (through June 30, 2026).
What happens if the levy does not pass? Service levels would need to be adjusted to accommodate available funding. If our current levy expires without a new levy to take its place, the library will be able to operate 3 days per week.
How will this affect my taxes? The passage of measure 20-317 would not increase current taxes.
Where can I find more information? You can find more information on our website at www.fernridgelibrary.org. Library director Colin Rea is also available to answer questions at 541-935-7512 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Past Levy Information
Fern Ridge Library District 2017 Local Option Levy Information
What is Measure 20-272? Measure 20-272 asks voters to approve a new $0.35 local option levy to replace the existing $0.25 levy which expires July 1, 2018.
Why does the district need the additional $0.10? Fern Ridge Library District has been operating with the same tax rate since 2004. This increase will allow the library to continue to provide service to Fern Ridge at our current level while absorbing the always increasing costs associated with public service as well as the specific increase created when the minimum wage increases were passed by the state legislature.
What happens if this measure does not pass? We will try again with another measure in the fall. Our permanent tax rate only covers about 60% of our current budget needs. A local-option levy is vital if we are to continue to grow to meet the educational and recreational needs of the district. What if I have questions about the levy or the library budget? Please give us a call! 541.935.7512
May, 2017 Election
The Fern Ridge Library board of directors unanimously voted during their January, 2017 meeting to place a local-option levy on the ballot asking voters for 35 cents per $1000 assessed property value.
About the failure of 20-258...
It seems there is some confusion about the library and our budget in the wake of the failure of our local-option levy. To clear up any misinformation out there, here are a few facts:
1. Fern Ridge Library District is a special taxing district. We do not receive any funds from the city of Veneta nor from the state of Oregon. We are not a branch of the Eugene Public Library.
2. We have a permanent tax rate of 39 cents per $1000 of assessed property value. That amount will never disappear as long as we are a district.
3. Because 39 cents/$1000 is not enough to operate the library within the standards set by the Oregon Library Association, we place additional local-option levies before the voting population of our district.
4. We are currently in year 4 of a 5 year levy. This levy adds 25 cents/$1000 to your property taxes.
5. We anticipate that there will be no need to further reduce hours or material budgets in this year or in the fifth and final year of the levy. 6. Our current levy provides funds through June 30, 2018.
Information about Ballot Measure 20-258
Unofficial Results: 20-258 Fern Ridge Library Levy
No 4,080 64.20% Yes 2,275 35.80%
As the results show, this levy asking for 50 cents per $1000 did not pass. Therefore, our current 25 cents per $1000 levy is still in effect, and will remain in place until June 30, 2018. If a new levy passes in 2017, it will take the place of our existing levy.