Our library levy will be up for renewal at the May 6 election. This renewal is strictly a continuation of the present levy which is 0.7 mills. We are not asking for any additional monies. We continue to depend on the revenue from the levy for operational expenses. Our present levy provides approximately $150,000 in yearly revenue. Our projected income from the state for 2014 is $206,000. In 1997, our income from the state was $212,000, so we are basically operating with the same level of state funding that we did 17 years ago. We continue to make every effort to use our funds wisely and in a way that offers you the best service and materials we can afford, and at the same time, increases wages of our staff to ensure that we are able to keep our well-trained staff. Public libraries in Ohio are funded by a percentage of Ohio general fund tax revenue, which means any reduction in the amount of taxes the state collects, directly affects public libraries and other local government entities. Tax cuts may be desirable for businesses and individuals; however, they are not beneficial for libraries.
We want you to be informed voters on May 6. So feel free to contact us with any questions you might have regarding the present levy or present financial status of the library.