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Medford won't put new library hours to voters

The Medford City Council agreed today not to put a levy on the November ballot to increase the hours the Medford branch is open.

The decision came following a telephone survey of 360 registered voters, which determined 25 percent of voters would support it, 18 percent would not, and 57 percent were undecided.

During a noon study session, the council decided there wasn't enough support to move ahead on the ballot measure, and representatives from the Library Advisory Committee and Friends of the Library agreed.

The proposed property tax levy would have given Medford's Central Library a 16-hour-a-week boost for operations. It is open 24 hours a week now.

The measure would have asked taxpayers for a levy of 6 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, or $9 per year for a house with an assessed value of $150,000 (assessed value is typically about half market value). The levy would have generated $320,000 annually to fund the additional 16 hours a week.

— Meg Landers