Library funding

Effective July 1, 2013, Multnomah County Library services are funded by a dedicated property tax for Multnomah County Library District. Multnomah County Measure 26-143 was approved by voters in November 2012, creating a permanent library district to fund library services and hours.

The current property tax rate (PDF) for Multnomah County Library District is $1.18 per $1,000 of assessed value (AV), and the library district rate is limited to $1.24 per $1,000 AV.

The library district tax replaces the library’s previous funding model of temporary local option levies and annual contributions from Multnomah County’s General Fund. Library district taxes are dedicated to fund only library services. The library’s budget for Fiscal Year 2014 (PDF) is $67.2 million.