Thursday, April 15, 2010

Issue 12 Needs Your Support

I am pleased to report that at the April 12, 2010 Board of Directors meeting for the Licking County Chamber of Commerce, Issue 12 - the county library levy - was given the endorsement from the Board.

This is a 1 mill, 5-year operating levy. This is the fist time in the library’s 100-year history to request a local tax to support operations. Your library is supported by a percentage of the tax revenue received by the state of Ohio and is NOT supported by local property taxes. The funds raised will go towards purchasing books, videos, audio books, magazines, newspapers and computers and will also restore library hours. This levy is not just for the Newark downtown library, but is a county-wide levy serving other libraries such as Hebron, Johnstown, Utica and Buckeye Lake.

Did you know that every day 300,000 Americans get job-seeking help at their public library?
Did you know that every day, Americans borrow 2.1 million DVD’s?

Just like the C-TEC Levy, the cost to a homeowner would be $31 per year (based on owning a $100,000 home). That is quite a bargain when you consider what they provide to all ages.

Still uncertain about supporting this issue? Please take time to read this post from CulturalOffering. Our libraries are more than physical buildings filled with books. They are part of our lives. They add to our character and give us the knowledge and opportunity to be whoever we want to be.

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