Ashland debates library levy tonight

A plan to reopen Ashland’s library with money raised through a new tax comes back before the Citizens Budget Committee tonight.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers at the Ashland Civic Center, 1175 E. Main St.

The committee met Thursday and discussed the plan to ask voters to approve an annual levy of just over $1 million to run the town’s library.

The levy would cost 58 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, or $145 per year for the owner of a home assessed at $250,000.

City officials are researching options for the library here after Jackson County voters rejected a levy to fund all 15 libraries in the county system. That levy would have cost 66 cents per $1,000 in assessed value.

The earliest the library could reopen under the plan would be October.

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