London Library seeks operating levy replacement

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The London Public Library is on the Nov. 6 ballot for replacement of a 1.2-mill, five-year operating levy.

In recent ballot attempts, the library asked voters for a higher millage amount to cover a building expansion project. Those attempts did not pass. The building project has since been put on hold.

This time, the levy request is only for replacement of what is already on the books and will go only for operating expenses.

The 1.2-mill levy is currently being collected at an effective rate of 0.93-mills. It generates $287,241 per year and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $28.48 per year.

If replaced, the levy will reflect current property valuations, generate $357,540 per year, and cost the owner of a $100,000 home $36.75 per year.

“This levy allows us to have a great library in London, Ohio,” said Director Gary Branson. “We’d like to think Londoners take pride in their library and will support it.”

The levy covers 75 percent of the library’s budget for materials, including audiovisual and print items, as well as databases for student use, outreach services to patrons who cannot make it to the library, staffing, and other services.

Without the levy, the library would have to consider cutting hours, staffing and services.

“We couldn’t operate the way we are without this money,” Branson said.

The director thanked the library’s levy campaign committee for their work in getting the word out about the ballot request.

“We can’t do this without community support,” he said.

For more information about the London Public Library, its services or the 1.2-mill replacement levy, call 740-852-9543.

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