Ohio: Grandview Heights, Pataskala County Both Back Library Levies
In final, unofficial results, Grandview [Heights] voters passed a five-year, 2.5-mill replacement levy with 79 percent approving it.
“Our residents have been incredibly positive and supportive,” said Mary Ludlum, library director.
The levy makes up about a quarter of the library’s budget. Without the funding, staff reductions and reduced operating hours, programs and materials were being considered. The library receives about a third less in state funding than it did 10 years ago.
Fifty-seven percent of voters in the Southwest Licking School District approved a five-year, half-mill renewal levy for the Pataskala Public Library.
The millage will generate about $280,000 annually, or about a third of the library’s $780,000 budget, said library director Jeff Rothweiler. The levy will cost homeowners about $15 annually per $100,000 of property value. Voters rejected two earlier levy requests, both asking for additional millage.
Statewide, 12 other libraries were on the ballot this election, said Linda Murray of the Ohio Library Council. That compares with more than 40 three years ago.
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