Friday, February 02, 2007
Anonymous Patron " sends this NPR Morning Edition about the impending closure of all 15 libraries in Jackson County, OR. The story broke a couple weeks ago, but more information has come out. Apparently, several areas around the country are suffering similarly, due to the ending of a federal subsidy related to logging. Many counties that have recieved this subsidy in the past couple decades have gotten used to low taxes, as the subsidy paid for a lot of essential public services. Now that the subsidy is gone, there's no financial infrastructure in place to support police and public health care services, fire services and libraries, to name a few."