City Transfers Remaining Library Funds
The Ashland Public Library plans to expand programs for children, teens and seniors thanks to $56,587 transferred by the City to the Jackson County Library District. That money is the balance remaining in a dedicated fund for library services created after Ashland voters passed of a local option levy for library services in 2008. The ballot measure restricted the use of taxes collected to enhanced library services including programs for teens, seniors and children.
Following the creation of the Library District in 2014, the local option tax was not levied again in Ashland; however $56,587 remained in the City’s library fund. The City’s biennial budget for 2015-17 identifies those funds to be used for purposes consistent with the 2008 local option levy if such uses are identified by the Ashland Public Library and the Library District.
The Ashland Public Library intends to use the funds to enhance children, teen and senior services by purchasing literacy-focused digital learning solutions and programs for an Early Literacy Center in the Children’s Department of the Library; by purchasing equipment for the Teen Department; and/or developing a program for taking library programs to senior living spaces in and around Ashland.
The City and the Library District have signed an Intergovernmental Agreement that states the funds can only be used at the Ashland Public Library for the programs stated above.