On November 3, voters approved 16 out of the 17 public library issues on local ballots around Ohio. The successful library ballot issues included 14 renewals, one additional, and one replacement levy. The levies passed by significant margins with the average voter approval rate of 66% percent.
“Ohioans recognize the value of their public libraries, especially now,” said Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council. “Our libraries have stepped forward during this pandemic to expand access to virtual offerings and databases. They continue to provide services and are a critical lifeline for thousands of people who need access to the internet, and for parents trying to juggle working from home with their kids’ remote learning needs.”
The revenue from these local property tax levies will provide financial support for libraries’ programs and services and complement the state funding of public libraries.
“Yesterday’s election results make it very clear that Ohioans support their local libraries and are willing to provide them with the financial resources necessary to serve their communities.” said Francis. “Moving forward, we know that our libraries will be essential to Ohio’s recovery efforts.”
Library Levy Results (PDF)