Nearly 70 percent of voters May 5 passed Issue 8, to keep the Akron-Summit County Public Library system operating, according to final but unofficial results from the Summit County Board of Elections.
The 1.9-mil levy received 16,177 votes (about 70 percent) for the levy, while only 7,070 (about 30 percent) voted against.
Library director David Jennings said the library is grateful for the support of the community.
“I think it demonstrates the role the public library continues to play in peoples’ lives here in Akron and Summit County,” Jennings said.
The levy was a renewal and a 0.5-mill increase of the former 1.4-mil levy, and will generate $14.7 million to fund the library.
The cost to homeowners will now raise from $4.08 to $5.54 per month, per $100,000 of a home’s value. The annual cost will increase from $49 to $66.50 per year for a $100,000 home, according to Jennings.
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See Also: Op-Ed Written by Library Director, David Jennings
This op-ed was written prior to yesterday’s vote.