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We are listening. Here are answers to frequently asked questions about the Library Plan.

The settlement specifies a two building, one library solution. One library will in downtown Gladstone, at an as-yet undecided location, within the Oak Lodge service area. Both libraries will be managed by Clackamas County which will create a much more cost-effective and efficient operation.

This system is modeled after a similar, successful operation: the city of Sandy’s two-branch library system, which operates branches in both Sandy and the unincorporated Welches area.

Combined, these facilities will provide an estimated 25,500 sq. ft. of new library space serving Gladstone and the Oak Lodge service area. The approximate breakdown is approximately 19,500 sq. ft. for an Oak Lodge facility and approximately 6,000 sq. ft. for Gladstone. Prior to any construction, an in-depth financial analysis will need to be completed as part of the process.

The proposed solution does not impose additional costs to taxpayers for building construction.

Currently, $3.5 million exists in reserves for the construction projects. The estimated cost for the two buildings, as it stands today based on the current estimated square footage, is $7.7 million.

This leaves approximately $4.2 million for the plan which will be raised by issuing a bond.

Clackamas County wins because:

  • Litigation involving a constituent city is resolved.
  • 50,000 county residents, both in the city of Gladstone and the unincorporated Oak Lodge area, will receive two new libraries.

The city of Gladstone wins because:

  • A 6,000 sq. ft. new library will be developed.
  • Gladstone residents have no additional taxes imposed on them for library construction (unless they opt to create a special district.)
  • Clackamas County operates the library. Gladstone library staff become county employees.

Oak Lodge residents win because:

  • Residents get a new library nearly three times the size of its present one.
  • Residents of the unincorporated area will have the opportunity to shape and vision the library to their needs and interests.

Clackamas County will:

  • Manage operations of the Gladstone library once it is built. Both libraries will be jointly operated by Clackamas County collectively to realize cost and operating efficiencies and best provide library services to their collective patrons. However, there is nothing that would prevent the city of Gladstone, or other city, from eventually assuming operational responsibilities for one or both branches in the future.
  • Submit a ballot measure (if needed) to adjust the Library District IGA as necessary to incorporate elements of the plan.
  • To implement the agreement, commissioners will need to amend the Master Order for the Library District to ensure that district proceeds can be used for capital purposes.
  • Participate/run a robust and transparent public engagement process regarding the plan.

Gladstone will:

  • Submit a ballot measure to residents for May 2018 rescinding the current prohibition on using local funds for construction of a library.
  • Contribute approximately $200,000 per fiscal year of general fund revenue, with increases indexed to the annual rate of increase of the city general fund, to fund library operating costs.
  • Make available city-owned land/building for a new library. This may be the current location of Gladstone City Hall, or a similarly-sized and located parcel of land available to the county for library construction.
  • Participate in a robust and transparent public engagement process regarding the plan.

If a proposed county ballot measure fails, but the city measure passes, the county will pay Gladstone a lump sum of $360,000 for library purposes.

If a proposed city ballot measure fails, the city does not receive any lump sum payment from the county.

Both the city and county have committed to a robust and transparent public engagement process to allow input on many details, including but not limited to:

  • location of the two libraries
  • anticipated size of the libraries
  • level of services anticipated at each library
  • amenities that may be of interest at each library

Such public involvement will specifically include key groups, such as:

The parties have agreed to share such public input with each other in coordinating the delivery of the best possible library services to the residents of Oak Lodge and Gladstone.

The plan calls for the Gladstone library to have ~23.5% of the estimated square footage of the construction project. If you multiply this percentage by the $3.5 million in reserves, you get approximately $823,000 which will be used to construct the new library.

Under the agreement, Gladstone will pay the county $200,000 each year for library operations and/or debt. Gladstone will also lease the library land to the county at virtually no cost. 

As far as ongoing debt incurred because of the bond, Clackamas County will make payments of $310,000 per year.

If you multiply the 23.5% (Gladstone square footage) by this $310,000 number, you get ~$73,000 per year for debt/bond payments for the Gladstone library.

Once the settlement is enacted, in 20 years’ time (the life of the bond):

  • Total estimated payment for debt: $6.2 million ($310,000 x 20 years)
  • Gladstone portion of debt: $1.46 million ($73,000 x 20 years)
  • Oak Grove portion of debt: $4.74 million ($237,000 x 20 years)
  • Gladstone contributions from their General Fund: $4 million ($200,000 x 20 years)

Nothing in the settlement precludes residents from Oak Lodge or Gladstone from seeking additional funding through formation of a local improvement district or general obligation bonds, should that become the general public consensus.

Both libraries will be jointly managed by Clackamas County under an efficient and cost-effective management structure that will provide high-quality and consistent library services to all patrons. The structure is modeled after a similar, successful operation: Sandy’s two-branch library system, in which the City of Sandy operates branches in Sandy and the unincorporated Welches area.



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Oak Lodge Library

  • Construction of a new library, approximately 19,500 sq. ft. (nearly three times larger than present)
  • Located within the Oak Lodge library service area (specific site to be determined after public input).
  • Residents will shape the library through a visioning process to meet needs and interests.

Gladstone Library

  • A modern library downtown of approximately 6,000 sq. ft., constructed on city-owned land.
  • Constructing the library is dependent on successful passage of a Gladstone ballot measure to eliminate the prohibition on using city general funds for the library. Gladstone residents are expected to vote on this measure in May 2018.
  • City of Gladstone will continue to subsidize library operations at current levels.
  • Operated by Clackamas County to minimize costs. Library staff will become county employees.