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Plan Process and Timeline

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Anticipated Process and Timeline

Plan timeline

Plan timeline.

Clackamas County and the City of Gladstone will carry out several internal administrative and regulatory changes to make the library solution a reality. The agencies will work with the public along the way through a robust community engagement process.

Paying for the Library

Gladstone Ballot

In May, Gladstone residents will be asked to vote on a ballot measure to rescind the current prohibition on using local Gladstone City funds for library construction. A “yes” vote would allow the use of existing funds to build the new library. If built as projected, the library would be constructed from existing funds without imposing additional costs to taxpayers for library construction. A “yes” vote is needed to release the funds and move forward with construction of the new Gladstone library.


Cost of the libraries

Cost of the libraries.

If built as projected in the library proposal, the library spaces can be constructed from existing funds without requiring new tax revenues.

  • Oak Lodge Library:  Conceptual-level building cost: $5.9 million
  • Gladstone Library: Conceptual-level building cost: $1.8 million

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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.