The Lima News sent questionnaires to representatives for every issue on the ballot in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Representatives had the opportunity to discuss the major issues with their issue. Only basic information from the board of elections identifies organizations that did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
Levy sought: 0.5 mill renewal tax levy for five years
Purpose: Maintenance and operation of the Brumback Library, including the main branch in Van Wert and the branches located in Convoy, Middle Point, Ohio City, Willshire and Wren
How much will it raise per year for your organization? $176,000
Cost of the levy to taxpayers: $6.72 per year for a $50,000 home; $13.44 for a $100,000 home.
Why does your organization need the levy? Over the past nine years, state funding for Ohio’s 251 public library systems has been frozen and cut significantly. Since 2007, library funding from the state has declined 27 percent. The funds from this renewal levy are needed now more than ever to ensure that the library’s facilities will continue to be maintained while also allowing for the purchase of books and materials for the children’s and adult collections.
The 0.50 mill levy which is included in the Brumback Library operating contract of 1898 is an important funding component. Eighty-two percent of the library’s operating funds are from Ohio’s Public Library Fund. Significant cuts to PLF funding are likely to occur due to the $8 billion state funding shortfall.
What will happen if the levy fails? If funding continues to decline, there will be more cuts in staffing, additional wage cuts, book and material cuts and further reduction in operating schedules.
Submitted by John J. Carr, director