Multnomah County Library Measure 26-125 passes, renewing majority of library funding

PORTLAND, Ore. — May 15, 2012 — Multnomah County Measure 26-125 was approved today by Multnomah County voters. The initial vote count indicates 82.3 percent yes to 17.7 percent no, with 61,000 people voting in favor of renewing the local option levy at the present rate of $0.89. The measure does not increase taxes, and ensures the majority of library funding will be in place for the next three years.

"The library is grateful for the continued support of the community for its public library system," said Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries. "As the second most used public library in the nation, it is heartening to see the support of the library, at each of our 19 library locations and at the ballot box. The library extends its heartfelt thanks to the voters for their continued support."

"We would also like to thank the patrons of the library, the volunteers on the Libraries Yes Campaign, The Library Foundation, The Friends of the Library, the Board of County Commissioners and Chair Jeff Cogen, who has been a tireless champion for our libraries and those we serve. Without this support, this library system would be facing perhaps the most difficult cuts in its history."

About Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library is the oldest public library west of the Mississippi, with a history that reaches back to 1864. Today, Central Library and the other 18 neighborhood libraries that make up the library system house a collection of two million books and other library materials. As Oregon's largest public library, Multnomah County Library serves nearly one-fifth of the state's population with a wide variety of programs and services. Over 35,000 people use the library each day, either online or in person.