UPDATE August 10, 2020

On July 27, 2020, the Eugene City Council agreed to ask voters to renew a five-year Local Option Levy on the November 3, 2020 ballot. 

  • The levy will raise $2,850,000 per year to maintain extended library hours and additional services funded by the expiring 2015 levy.
  • The typical Eugene taxpayer will pay $37  per year over the five-year period of the levy, which is a lower rate than we pay now.

Learn more about supporting the levy at librariesforeveryonevoteyes.org

July 20, 2020

On Monday, July 27, 2020 at 5:30pm, Will O’Hearn, Library Services Director, will bring draft resolutions for the levy renewal for the November 2020 ballot to the Eugene City Council at their work session. During this meeting, the City Council will determine whether or not the levy renewal will go forward for the November ballot, and specifically,  the rate at which the levy will be renewed. It is critical to show community support for the Library levy’s option to maintain the existing rate of .17  leading up to this meeting.

We need your help to show our community’s support!

Please share your support of the levy proposal to maintain the existing rate to your individual City Council member by Monday, July 27th  at 5:00pm. We also encourage you to cc’ Mayor Vinis and City Manager Sarah Medary.

Here is a draft letter to show your support:

Dear Councilor Name,

As one of your constituents, I am writing to you to advocate for the Eugene Public Library levy renewal on the November 3, 2020 ballot. 

I strongly urge you to support the library levy renewal and urgently request that you continue the existing tax rate of 0.17, the maintain and recover option. This will help to ensure that our library continues to provide the current level of services that the Eugene community needs to get through the COVID19 pandemic and its aftereffects. 

The library can truly be an agent of recovery, since people will need to lean even harder upon the free resources and services the library provides in the journey back to some semblance of normal. The library is an integral part of our community’s recovery.

This funding of library services is critical to increase student success, community recovery, and access and inclusion. Please don’t let this valuable community treasure lose its existing funding.
Please support the levy renewal at the existing tax rate—it is one of the best values going for our Eugene community. 

Thank you, 

Your Name

NameWardEmail Address
Councilor Emily Semple, Vice President1esemple@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Betty Taylor, President2btaylor@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Alan Zelenka3azelenka@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Jennifer Yeh4jyeh@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Mike Clark5mclark@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Greg Evans6gevans@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Claire Syrett7csyrett@eugene-or.gov
Councilor Chris Pryor8cpryor@eugene-or.gov
Mayor Lucy Vinislvinis@eugene-or.gov
City Manager Sarah Medarysmedary@eugene-or.gov
Mayor and Councilorsmayorcouncilandcitymanager@eugene-or.gov