January 26, 2022

Ohio: “Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Queried on Levy Email”

From The Blade:

Ohio Auditor David Yost is asking the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library to review whether its staff may have violated state laws prohibiting the use of taxpayers’ money to promote tax levy issues.

The chief legal counsel of the state auditor sent a cease and desist letter to the library system after receiving a complaint about an email distributed by the library’s media relations coordinator asking for support of a 3.7-mill property tax levy on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The letter sent Friday to Ben Malczewski urges that he and other library staff review their work related to the levy campaign to determine if there are any state law violations and, if any are found, to immediately suspend the activities.


“We take the stewardship of public funds very seriously, and we will take the guidance from the auditor’s office under advisement for any campaign activities moving forward,” [Malczewski] said.

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