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ST. MARYS COMMUNITY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Levy sought: 0.75 mill additional tax levy for five years
Purpose: The operating levy is needed to restore services lost because of cuts in state funding
How much will it raise per year for your organization? $183,904
Cost of the levy to taxpayers: $13.13 per year for a $50,000 home; $26.25 for $100,000 home
Why does your organization need the levy? Currently 96 percent of the libraryís funding comes from the State of Ohio Public Library Fund, with 4 percent coming from fines, fees and gifts. The library does not receive funding from the county, city or school district.†
The bond issue approved in 2000 will be retired in December 2010. Currently only 0.4 mill is being collected on the bond issue. The new operating levy will be for .75 mill. As a result, there will be a 0.35 mill increase from year 2010 to 2011. A five-year levy will allow the library board to meet the needs of our community as they evolve. Levy funds will be used to restore Friday hours; to purchase new books and audiovisuals; to update the public access computers; and to pay for needed maintenance projects. The St. Marys Community Public Library is a valuable asset for the community and a great place for people of all ages.
What will happen if the levy fails? The library will continue to be closed on Fridays, and Saturday hours will be eliminated.† The book and audiovisual budget will be non-existent, except by donation, and the public access computers will not be upgraded.† Five part-time staff will be losing their jobs. The library will not have the staff to offer the number of programs that it has in the past.† We hope to be able to continue Preschool Storytime, Outreach to Seniors and Letís Talk About It book group. Summer Reading will be encouraged, but programming will be non-existent.† The meeting room will not be available as many hours as before for outside groups and organizations. Your library as the community center that it once was will no longer exist.
Submitted by Susan Heckler Pittman, director