About the Levy

In November 2015, Washington County residents voted “Yes” on Measure 34-235, a 5-year replacement levy that helps support library services through 2021.

Washington County Cooperative Library Services (WCCLS) and its member libraries receive operational funding from a combination of three main sources: the Washington County General Fund, the countywide local option levy, and local city support and fund-raising. About one third of the money provided by the County for annual operations at member libraries (books, staff, open hours, programs, computers, utilities, etc.) comes from the current countywide local option levy.

When Measure 34-235 passed, Washington County started to levy 22¢ per $1,000 assessed value for five years, beginning in 2016. The levy ensures open library hours are maintained and that vital services to families and children continue.

The current five-year levy, passed in November 2015, is due to expire June 30, 2021. People For Libraries put on a robust campaign to advocate for the levy which required significant funding and volunteer commitment. The goal of People for Libraries is to ensure that our libraries continue to provide the services that are so important to our communities.

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