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Latest library budget cut the harshest, officials say

Though Douglas County has been reducing the overall budget for its library system over the last 10 years, officials say the most recent cut was the harshest – it received a 25 percent cut for the current fiscal year.

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The Douglas County Library System continues to face budget cuts, but the system's director says they are still optimistic about the future.

Though Douglas County has been reducing the overall budget for its library system over the last 10 years, officials say the most recent cut was the harshest - it received a 25 percent cut for the current fiscal year.

"It's just a reflection of the County's overall financial status in that logging has tapered off and this is a county that has relied heavily on logging," says Douglas County Library director Harold Hayes.

Concerned members of the community recently formed a political action committee with a goal to provide a taxing district to support the libraries.

The committee says they have two months to gather more than 11,000 signatures.

"The card holders in our library system represent about half the population in the county, so that would indicate that we have a lot of people that are library users and library supporters. So yes we are optimistic," says Hayes.

Until the taxing issue is decided, local libraries are continuing on half-a-million dollars' worth of grants, money which will last only until December 31.

"There's just so much the library has that people don't even begin to realize," says volunteer Lea Va Eddings. "We have internet for people to come in and look for their jobs and fill out resumes. I think we would have a great loss if we didn't have a library."

For now, the grant money allows all 11 branches to reestablish staff and restore open hours.

Right now, the Roseburg, Glendale, and Winston branches have open positions.

You can apply by visiting the county website.

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