Mount Sterling Public Library will be back on the ballot in March with the same request they made of voters in November.
“The library board met on Nov. 8 and decided to try again,” said Director Heidi Fletcher.
The board is asking for approval of a 1-mill, 10-year levy for operating expenses. If passed, the measure would generate $180,746 per year.
The first levy attempt failed, 711-1,196. Fletcher said library supporters will work harder and try new methods to get information out to voters for the second attempt.
“We think we’re going to try a good old fashioned door-to-door campaign,” Fletcher said. “Maybe we’ll do more public meetings, and a patron suggested we hold a com-munity meeting at the Mount Sterling Community Center.”
The big push will be to get the message out to all corners of the library’s large service area, which shares the same boundaries as the Madison-Plains Local School District. The area includes the villages of Mount Sterling, Midway and South Solon, as well as Fairfield, Oak Run, Paint, Pleasant, Range, Stokes and Union townships.
“In the November election, we were really surprised by the support we got in the South Solon and Midway areas,” Fletcher said. “Another surprise was that one precinct in Mount Sterling voted it down. It just means we need to do a better job getting the message out.”
The next Mount Sterling Library board meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 10.