For the third time in six years, Ashland voters showed strong support for a property-tax levy to provide extended services and hours at their public library, according to the Jackson County Elections Office.
Of the 9,002 ballots counted so far, 7,162, or 79.56 percent, supported extending the levy, according to county updates just after 10:30 p.m. The no votes numbered 1,840, or 20.44 percent.
"I am so excited and so pleased that we can carry on with all of the services that we have," said Amy Blossom, Ashland branch manager for Jackson County Library Services. "It's so great to be in a community that gives us so much great support "… we didn't take anything for granted, that's for sure."
The extra revenue generated by the levy keeps the Ashland library operating 40 hours a week — 16 hours more than most other library branches in the county — while also funding additional employees and extra services for teens, seniors and children.
The city expects the levy would generate about $400,000 in its first year, increasing by about 3 percent each year, city documents show.
The levy costs 21 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The owner of a home assessed at $241,000 — the average in Ashland this year — would pay $50.61 per year.
The levy expires in June 2017.
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