Mt. Sterling Library will ask for levy in November

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(Posted April 16, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

Mount Sterling Public Library plans to ask voters to approve a five-year 0.4-mill levy for operating expenses. The issue will appear on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Without a levy on the books, the library operates mainly on money from the state, which has decreased significantly over the past five years. In 2008, state funding for the library was $227,993. In 2009, it dropped to $188,576 due to state budget cuts linked to the tanked economy. Since then, state funding has fluctuated between $174,000 and $186,000. The projected amount for 2014 was $175,000, though actual funding is on pace for $164,000.

“The purpose of the levy is to replace lost revenues from the state and allow us to make needed repairs,” said library director Chris Siscoe.

The 0.4-mill levy would generate an estimated $99,728 per year. The cost to the taxpayer would be $14 per year for a home valued at $100,000.

“The library board and I worked together to pick the lowest (levy) amount to keep existing services and update the library. We don’t want to put any more of a burden on taxpayers,” Siscoe said.

Levy money would go toward reinstat-ing service hours cut in 2008, expanding digital resources to provide patrons with more downloadable books and movies, and repairing or replacing the roof, furnaces and lighting.

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