Library officials say a proposed countywide special district would generate enough money to free them from the need for county government support. The district would generate an estimated $9 million annually.
Backers of the special district plan are visiting city council meetings around Jackson County to seek support for the proposal. If all goes as planned, voters will have a chance to decide on the proposal in the May, 2014 primary election.
The district would tax homeowners up to 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. That's $120 a year on a home assessed at $200,000.
Declining revenues are forcing Jackson County to cut their budget. Library supporters fear libraries may close by the 2014-15 budget year if an alternative is not pursued.