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Citizens for Lewis River Library District, an group supporting a ballot measure to create a rural library district in rural areas around Woodland, will hold a “Know Before You Vote” party next week to discuss the benefits and arguments in favor of the measure.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Woodland Community Center, at 782 Park St. Refreshments will be provided.

Proposition 1 would be funded by a tax levy on properties in the district of up to 50 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. That’s $100 annually on a $200,000 home. If approved, the district would be governed by a five-member board appointed by the Cowlitz County commissioners and would provide free library services to residents in the district.

Proponents of the proposition say it would increase library access by eliminating a non-resident fee of $44 per person or $115 per household that rural Woodland residents currently pay to access city library resources, according to the Cowlitz County voter’s pamphlet. Opponents say there is weak demand among district residents for the library and that the proposition turns an optional fee into a mandatory tax.

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