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Oregon Library Laws - Revised Statutes - Library Districts: Powers
Oregon Revised Statutes
Chapter 357 - Libraries; Archives ; Poet Laureate
 
LIBRARY DISTRICTS
 
357.261 District powers. A library district has the power:
(1) To have and use a common seal.
 
(2) To sue and be sued in its name.
 
(3) To make and accept any and all contracts, deeds, leases, releases and documents of any kind which, in the judgment of the board, are necessary or proper to the exercise of any power of the district, and to direct the payment of all lawful claims or demands.
 
(4) To assess, levy and collect taxes to pay the cost of acquiring sites for and constructing, reconstructing, altering, operating and maintaining a library or any lawful claims against the district, and the operating expenses of the district.
 
(5) To employ all necessary agents and assistants.
 
(6) To call elections after the formation of the district.
 
(7) To enlarge the boundaries of the district as provided by ORS 198.705 to 198.955.
 
(8) Generally to do and perform any and all acts necessary and proper to the complete exercise and effect of any of its powers or the purposes for which it was formed.
 
(9) Whenever authorized by the electors, to issue general obligation bonds of the district. However, the aggregate amount of general obligation bonds issued and outstanding at any one time shall not exceed two and one-half percent of the real market value of all taxable property of the district, computed in accordance with ORS 308.207.
 
(10) To exercise those powers granted to local government units for public libraries under ORS 357.410.