Citizens’ Library Advisory Ad Hoc Committee
Thursday, May 22 2008
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Vavra, Burkholder, Churchman, Keil, Batistells, Blossom (library staff liaison), Seltzer (city staff liaison)
Gibb, Mayor Morrison, Seltzer (city staff)
Guests: Jim Bradley, Friends of the Talent Library, Cathy Shaw
I.Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 4:00 pm. Members introduced themselves. Burkholder announced she is moving out of the area and unable to serve on the Committee after June.
II. Citizen Issues:
III. Approval of Minutes: Keil/Churchman
IV. Blossom reported on her trip to
V. Keil reported on the most recent Jackson County Library Advisory CommitteeCounty.
VI. Cathy Shaw was invited to speak to the committee on possible funding options and the political climate on library support. Shaw spoke to the research conducted a few years ago on implementing a
Wealthy residents pay more than poorer residents
Does not require double majority
Is a stable source of funding
Can suuplement/pay for public safety, historic entities, county parks, libraries etc.
It can be volatile as incomes rise and fall
Is a new tax (people are wary of a “new tax”
Delayed collection time (funds are collected the year before they are available)
It was aniticpated that a 1% tax could generate approximately $30 million in
Shaw was asked to comment on a two county sales tax. She feels that Oregonians are inherently opposed to a sales tax and that it would be difficult to pass.
Shaw was asked to comment on forming a special district. In her opinion a special district should be a “roll out” rather than “all at once”. For example if Eagle Point formed a special district using its current boundaries, eventually the district could expand to include surrounding areas, other municipalities etc. With each new area incoporated into the district the district fees drop in the existing district areas.
Shaw spoke generally about voters, voting districts and voting trends and commented that histrocially communities with a higher educated populace tend to vote in favor of money measures. She commented that no money measure will pass in
A regional income tax has merits: does not fall under the double majority requirement and reduces property tax. However people are always wary of a “new tax”.
VII. Burkholder reported that Jim Sheppke, State Librarian has agreed to speak at the CLAC meeting on Thursday, June 19. The committee determined the meeting should be a “study session”, which is less formal than a regular meeting. Committee agreed to invite other interested parties to attend the study session. Vavra and Keil will work together to develop the invitation list. It was noted that all meetings are public and anyone is welcome to attend. Sheppke will be asked to speak to various models of library governance and organization and various models of library funding.
Next Meeting Dates:
June 19, July 17, September 11 and September 25.
Meeting adjourned 6:00.