A library district will be on the May 15 ballot for Drain-area voters.

The Douglas County Board of Commissioners Wednesday approved putting the proposed North Douglas Library District on the ballot, following a brief second hearing on the proposal.

Voters will also be asked to approve a 44 cents per $1,000 property tax to fund the district, and to elect a five-member board to run the district.

The boundaries for the proposed North Douglas Library District extend beyond the Drain city limits, to include the whole school district, which stretches west toward Elkton, south toward Yoncalla, and includes Curtin at the northern edge of the county line.

Valerie Johns, president of the Friends of Mildred Whipple Library in Drain and a chief petitioner for the library district there, told commissioners Wednesday that lots of library supporters were in the audience, but most had spoken at the earlier hearing.

“We’re here and ready to move forward,” she said.

The commissioners voted unanimously to put the issue on the ballot.

“Good luck guys,” said Commissioner Tim Freeman.

Reedsport area voters may also have a district measure to consider in May. A second hearing on a proposed district for that area is slated for next Wednesday’s meeting.

Drain is one of two library branches that have not reopened following the county’s closing all library branches last spring. Most of the libraries have since been taken over either by city governments or volunteers. The other library that has yet to reopen is Roseburg’s. The city of Roseburg bought the branch building from the county and is working on a plan to reopen it.

Reporter Carisa Cegavske can be reached at 541-957-4213 or ccegavske@nrtoday.com.

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Carisa Cegavske is the senior reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4213 or by email at ccegavske@nrtoday.com. Follow her on Twitter @carisa_cegavske

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