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Letter to the editor: Nov. 12, 2011

County government growing with library district proposal

Does it strike anyone else as unusual that we have the second-largest public library system in the country here (see the Nov. 2 issue of The Outlook), but live in the 22nd largest city?

Does it strike anyone else as unusual that whenever the Multnomah County government decides to 'get out' of a management assignment, which they've held for a while, that their tax base doesn't shrink accordingly?

If it walks like a duck, etc. This library taxing district proposal is a back-door property-tax increase of significant size. We must demand that if implemented, it will be accompanied by a like reduction in Multnomah County's tax revenues. You may make that demand through your city hall, since this change will require an Intergovernmental Agreement between all the involved governmental units.

George Schneider

Gresham