It appeared the 1.7-mill tax levy for the Stark County District Library [Canton area] was on its way to approval.
[The Stark County Library Web Site now shows a “Thank You” Banner]
The issue was passing by a 53 percent to 47 percent margin inside Stark County, where the bulk of the district’s voters live. The unofficial count as of 1 a.m. Wednesday was 58,023 votes for the tax and 50,940 against it. That doesn’t include paper ballots cast on Tuesday, some absentee ballots and provisional ballots.
The system — the main library, nine branches and four Bookmobiles — operates on a 1-mill local levy. Cuts in state funding, though, prompted the request for the extra 0.7 mills on the new levy. Library officials say they want to bring overall revenue and services back to levels that existed in 2005.
The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $21.43 per year in property taxes.
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