Library Levy FAQs

What are the facts?

The Library will ask for a renewal of our 2-mill operating levy with a 1-mill addition on May 3, 2022. Our current levy will expire in November 2022. This is the Library's first request for additional operating funds in 15 years.

This levy is critical to protect a vital service for Upper Arlington residents and an asset to our community.

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How is the Library Funded?

The Library receives 46% of its revenue from the State of Ohio's Public Library Fund and 53% from a 2-mill local levy.

Why does the Library need additional revenue?

The Library has seen a decrease in funding from the State of Ohio since 2008, and currently operates on $500,000 less in revenue than in 2008.

The cost to operate our libraries has increased over time. This includes wages, materials, supplies, utilities and other necessary expenses.

We also have important and costly building maintenance that cannot be delayed any longer, such as a new roof at the Main Library.

Despite the Library being incredibly fiscally conservative and responsible with taxpayer dollars by saving and cutting spending, we have reached the point where we need more revenue to continue current levels of operations and plan for the future.

How much will it cost me?

The levy will cost a total of $78.08 per $100,000 in auditor's appraised home value. This is an increase of less than $3 per month. The cost for a home appraised at $400,000 would be $312.32 per year, or about $26 per month. We're requesting a 10-year levy, so we won't need to go back on the ballot for a decade.

What happens if the levy doesn't pass?

If this levy fails, we will lose 53% of our revenue and we will be forced to drastically cut hours, materials, programs, and essential services.

How do I vote?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Find your polling place here.

Early in-person voting is now open at the Ashtabula County Board of Elections, XXX XXX Road. Find info and hours on their website.

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