Q. Why is the levy necessary for the library?
A. The local levy accounts for over 50% of our annual income.
The Community Library depends on local support to maintain and grow our programs and services. The one mill levy provides stable and sufficient funding, allowing the library to meet the needs of the growing community. Voters will get the opportunity to show their support on November 5.
Q. Will my taxes go up?
A. No. This is not a tax increase.
The Community Library understands the importance of being a good steward of public funds and has been extremely prudent with the resources entrusted to its care. The library strives to ensure that expenses do not outpace funding, which enables the library to renew the levy at its current millage. Taxpayers will not see any increase to their tax bill. For about $30 for every $100,000 of market value of property, the levy allows the library to continue growing with the community.
Q. How is the library a good steward of public resources?
A. The library continually evaluates the use of resources, looking for ways to be more efficient and maximize public dollars.
Over the past five years, the Community Library has:
- Collaborated with the Consortium of Ohio Libraries, to share the costs of software, support, and other services, while also giving local residents seamless access to over 750,000 physical items.
- Maintained staff size to manage expenses.
- Averaged over 1,700 volunteer hours annually.
- Worked with staff to control health insurance costs, resulting in -3.6% reduction in health insurance premiums.
Q. How does the library use resources to enrich our community?
A. The library recognizes its role as a lifelong learning center in the community. To that end, the Community Library continues to provide free access to traditional library services, while also exploring ways to meet the changing needs of our patrons.
The library has:
- Increased material acquisitions by nearly 20%, ensuring that patrons have timely access to popular titles and relevant resources.
- Expanded programs and services for all ages, enhancing them to meet current demands, resulting in an 87% increase in attendance.
- Increased access to ebooks, digital audiobooks, streaming movies and music, etc., through services such as the Ohio Digital Library, Hoopla, and RBDigital. Patrons now have access to over 1,000,000 digital titles.
- Increased our public WiFi range and added mobile hotspots for public use.
- Increased non-traditional library services, such as adding more public notaries, starting passport application services, and offering free tax preparation services through AARP.
- Completed an addition to the facility using available funds to respond to community needs, which includes larger meeting rooms, group study rooms, drive-through pickup window, and 24x7 pickup lockers.
Q. What will the library do if the levy passes?
A. We will continue to provide welcoming environments for all to pursue knowledge and cultivate interests.
Specifically, the library will:
- Adapt and enhance programs to meet the changing needs of the growing community, ensuring that the library is providing quality services to all age levels.
- Maintain a timely, current, and diverse collection of materials to meet the needs of users.
- Increase the availability of electronic resources, such as ebooks and databases, while exploring new services that will benefit the community.
- Continue partnerships with local schools and organizations to maximize effectiveness.
- Evaluate the hours of operation and alternative service models to ensure library resources are available when demand is the highest.
Q. What will the library do if the levy fails?
A. We will work with the community to determine what actions to take to best serve area residents.
The library will lose over half of our revenue if the local levy is not renewed. We do have some operational reserves, but once those reserves have been exhausted, we would have to cut staff, reduce hours, and eliminate programs. These difficult decisions would be made with community input.