The campaign to fund the Ashland Public Library is officially under way, with the formation of the Committee to Open Ashland Library last week.




COAL's goal is to pass Measure 15-79 on the Sept. 18 ballot, which would levy a tax of $0.58 per $1,000 in assessed property taxes to provide two years of interim funding.




"It will be more of an information-loaded campaign as opposed to traditional persuasion-type campaigns," said Pam Vavra, co-director of COAL.




Weekly discussion meetings at 7 p.m. every Monday will continue at the Peace House in conjunction with the campaign to answer voters' questions and help them voice concerns to the city.




"We don't take anything for granted, and that's part of the reason we are holding these discussion groups," Vavra said.




Volunteers will begin handing out voters pamphlets, and bulletins will be issued as negotiations with the county continue to keep voters informed as election day approaches. In order to meet the double majority requirements, Vavra said the focus will be to make sure people are aware an election is taking place and that their vote matters.




Voters should receive their ballots in the mail around Labor Day weekend.




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