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REEDSPORT — Western Douglas County residents will now have a permanent, independent library.

On Tuesday, voters handed down a victory for the Lower Umpqua Library District chief petitioners and other supporters.

According to results from Friday, 58 percent of local voters approved the measure, or 849. By comparison, opponents said no by 42 percent. This translates to 624 votes. 

Taxpayers will pay 39 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. 

Ron Eberlein was one of the three chief petitioners, along with Sandi Donnelly and Gary Goorhuis. 

"I'm glad it's passing," Eberlein said in a phone interview Tuesday night, adding that with this, it'll mean stable financing for the library and more staffing. "I feel this is best for the people in western Douglas County." 

By comparison, the 2016 countywide measure called for 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed value that failed but that Reedsport residents supported. 

According to petitioners and supporters, for people of Reedsport "there will be no increase in taxes because of the Measure 5 tax cap."

The following comes from a feasibility statement that was provided at the Facebook page and shows a three-year budget — from 2018-19 through 2020-21. This accounts for a 3 percent increase each year and covers personnel salaries and benefits, the collections, technology and programs, business, equipment and the Reedsport building itself. Personnel will consist of a library director; two front-counter staff; electronic books/an online book service and a courier service for book deliveries plus joining a library system. Options to join include the Florence Siuslaw Public Library, Coastline in Coos and Curry counties or the "Douglas County libraries if they unite in the future," petitioners wrote. 

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