BEND, OR -- Deschutes County Commissioners approved a resolution Monday that dissolves two local library districts originally formed in the mid-90s. County Assistant Legal Counsel Chris Bell says the Sisters and la Pine Districts were created in 1994, but they never officially got off the ground, "Nothing was really ever done to really do anything more than just approve the new districts, to actually make functioning districts, and/or physical libraries out of anything." He adds, "There's really been no activity. No board was ever elected, no taxes, I believe, were ever paid. They were basically just 'zombie shells' or 'zombie districts;' they were there in name only."
Bell tells KBND News the Sisters and La Pine library districts are now covered by the Deschutes County Library District, created in 1998. "So, just for efficiency purposes, we're just making a paperwork correction to get rid of them, knowing we have a very vibrant and functioning library district in Deschutes County right now and it's serving its purpose well."
The Sunriver Library District was also created in the mid-90s. It dissolved a few years ago. These dissolutions allow the Assessor's office to remove the districts from tax statements and the County Clerk can take them off the special district election records.
File Photo: The Sisters branch of the Deschutes Public Library, as seen during the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show.