Medford, Oregon (July 23, 2020)— At a special board meeting on June 25, 2020, the Jackson County Library District’s Board of Directors finalized the transfer of the existing titles and/or lease agreements for all 15 branches in the system from Jackson County to the Jackson County Library District, representing the transfer of all of Jackson County’s remaining interest in the library system to the District. The transfer was initiated in connection with the sunset of the bonds utilized to pay for the construction of a majority of the library branches on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.
“This is an amazing moment,” said Board Vice President Cathy Shaw. “Twenty years ago, the bonds passed to build or improve all of our branches. Then in 2007, the largest closure of a library system in the nation happened. The libraries bounced back, thanks to the contract with Library Systems and Services (LS&S). We would not be where we are today without their partnership.”
Board Director Jill Turner also thanked Jackson County for their ongoing support and partnership. A relationship with the County will continue, as the District has contracted with them for maintenance of the facilities. “They know and care about our buildings,” said Turner.
JCLD Legal Counsel Jacquelyn Bunick worked with District Administrator Lisa Marston to negotiate the final agreements with the County, and the cities, towns, and special districts involved in the transfer of ownership of the buildings.
The Library District looks forward to continuing to provide library services throughout the County and celebrates this milestone.
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