Five-Year Library Local Option Levy

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EUGENE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY – Ballot Measure 20-235
On November 3, 2015, City of Eugene voters will decide whether to fund expanded Eugene Public Library services for five years. Measure 20-235 was placed on the ballot by the Eugene City Council.  
If approved by voters, Measure 20-235 would expand Eugene Public Library services at a cost of about $36 per year on each property tax statement.
Measure 20-235 would provide:
More Eugene Public Library hours and access
The levy would add 22 hours each week at the neighborhood Bethel and Sheldon Branches, bringing each to a total of 48 open hours across six days each week. (Currently, they are open 26 hours across five days.) Sunday morning hours would be restored at the Downtown Library.
More free programs for all ages
Events, storytimes, and classes would increase by 33% with a particular focus on priorities identified by the community: support for young readers and their parents; activities for teens; and “maker” opportunities (access to tools and skills training for individuals and small businesses, including new technologies).
More materials and technology
The levy would restore the budget for books, movies, eBooks, etc., to 2009 levels, providing quicker availability of in-demand items.  Adding computer tablets and laptops for on-site use would double Internet access for community members at the Bethel and Sheldon Branches.

Measure 20-235 funding
The Library’s current level of services is supported by $10.6 million per year from the City of Eugene General Fund and donations. If approved by the voters, the levy would add $2.7 million annually for five years (about $36 per year for a typical Eugene property tax statement, or about 17¢ per $1,000 assessed value).

Accountability and transparency
Specific plans are built into the levy to ensure accountability and transparency, including: separate levy fund budget and accounting (as per state law); annual staff summary of spending and performance measures; annual review by the citizen Library Advisory Board; and an annual City Manager’s report to City Council.  All documents would be available to the public.

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