In the Ohio primary election that concluded yesterday, voters approved all 14 public library issues on local ballots around the state. The successful library levies included one bond, 9 renewals, two additional/new, one replacement, and one replacement with an increase. The average voter approval rating was 70 percent.
The revenue from these local property tax levies will provide financial support for library programs and essential services, and complement the state funding of public libraries.
“It’s great to see voters from all around Ohio express their support for public libraries,” said Michelle Francis, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council. “Our libraries have gone above and beyond during this pandemic to provide essential services, such as internet connectivity and reliable information. Ohioans recognize the value of their public libraries, especially now.”