2022 Operating Levy

The Ashtabula County District Library has grown alongside our local communities with roots that date back over 200 years. ACDL continues to build on its history, extending service out into the community with the county bookmobile, home delivery, and other initiatives.

To support the future of the library, ACDL is asking for a replacement of the 1.25 mil operating levy originally passed in 2013. This replacement levy, on the November 8th ballot, is critical to protect vital services for Ashtabula County residents and to ensure our libraries remain assets to our communities.

Read our fact sheet

Why a Replacement Levy as opposed to a Renewal?

A replacement levy offers a modest annual increase in tax receipts ($120,000) with no new millage added to the existing levy. Property tax rates are fixed under State law and do not increase with property values. Consequently, the Library is funded locally with assessed property values from the year 2013. With the passage of a replacement levy, taxes will be assessed on 2022 property values.

While the Library has been incredibly conservative and responsible with taxpayer dollars, including the early payoff of our $4.35 million construction loan in 2021 which saved over $46,000 in interest over the course of the loan, the additional $120,000 generated annually through a replacement levy will help to maintain current levels of operation now and into the near future.

What happens if the tax levy fails to pass?

The ACDL continues to make history daily with our above-and-beyond customer service to every patron we encounter, our robust print and online collections, early childhood reading and ready-for-school programs, free faxing and notary services, entrepreneurial and business support services, free community usage of our buildings and grounds, after-school programming, as well as the outreach library services we offer to our schools, nursing homes, and those unable to easily leave their homes for traditional library services.

Without passage of a levy that generates 38% of our annual revenue, the Library will not be able to operate. If we do not secure local taxpayer support, we will have to drastically cut hours, materials, most programs and services, and the hardest cuts of all – jobs.

How much do you save using library services?

Ever wonder how much you save using services from the library? Use our calculator to get an idea. Just enter numbers in the form below and watch the total rise. The numbers you enter could be your best guess for your use for the last year, or as simple as your last visit.

About how many...
Number
Value
...books did you borrow?
$
...audiobooks did you borrow?
$
...magazines did you borrow or read?
$
...movies did you borrow?
$
...music CDs did you borrow?
$
...ebooks did you download?
$
...digital audiobooks did you download?
$
...magazines did you download?
$
...movies did you stream or download?
$
...reference questions did you ask? (The kind of question you might try to answer with Google and find you need more help.)
$
...times did you use a database or electronic resource like Ebsco, Chilton Library, Consumer Reports, or LinkedIn Learning?
$
...times did you use a library computer or laptop?
$
...times did you use the Library's Wi-Fi?
$
...times did you check out a hotspot?
$
...times did you reserve a meeting room?
$
...times did you attend a program or event?
$
...COVID Tests have you picked up from the library?
$
...times did you have your requested materials delivered?
$
Total use value:
$0

Data and assumptions informed by the Local ROI Calculator prepared by the Ohio Library Council. We have prepared explanations for our tool as well.

How is the Library Funded?

How much will it cost?

The levy is based upon 35% of the auditor’s appraised property value (Appraised Value x 35% x 1.25/1000= levy cost to property owner). For example, the levy will cost a total of $43.75 per $100,000 of the auditor appraised taxable home value per year.

If you'd like a more precise estimate of the annual cost to you the Ashtabula County Auditor's website includes a Levy Estimator (not updated for November 22 Election as of 8/25/2022).

How do I vote?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Find information about registration, early voting, and polling locations on the Board of Elections Website.

October 11, 2022 - Deadline to register to vote in the November 8 election
October 12, 2022 – Absentee and early in-person voting begins
November 8, 2022 – Election Day; Polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

2022 Operating Levy

The Ashtabula County District Library has grown alongside our local communities with roots that date back over 200 years. ACDL continues to build on its history, extending service out into the community with the county bookmobile, home delivery, and other initiatives.

To support the future of the library, ACDL is asking for a replacement of the 1.25 mil operating levy originally passed in 2013. This replacement levy, on the November 8th ballot, is critical to protect vital services for Ashtabula County residents and to ensure our libraries remain assets to our communities.

Read our fact sheet

How will it cost?

The levy is based upon 35% of the auditor’s appraised property value (Appraised Value x 35% x 1.25/1000= levy cost to property owner). For example, the levy will cost a total of $43.75 per $100,000 of the auditor appraised taxable home value per year.

If you'd like a more precise estimate of the annual cost to you the Ashtabula County Auditor's website includes a Levy Estimator (not updated for November 22 Election as of 8/25/2022).

Why a Replacement Levy as opposed to a Renewal?

A replacement levy offers a modest annual increase in tax receipts ($120,000) with no new millage added to the existing levy. Property tax rates are fixed under State law and do not increase with property values. Consequently, the Library is funded locally with assessed property values from the year 2013. With the passage of a replacement levy, taxes will be assessed on 2022 property values.

While the Library has been incredibly conservative and responsible with taxpayer dollars, including the early payoff of our $4.35 million construction loan in 2021 which saved over $46,000 in interest over the course of the loan, the additional $120,000 generated annually through a replacement levy will help to maintain current levels of operation now and into the near future.

What happens if the tax levy fails to pass?

The ACDL continues to make history daily with our above-and-beyond customer service to every patron we encounter, our robust print and online collections, early childhood reading and ready-for-school programs, free faxing and notary services, entrepreneurial and business support services, free community usage of our buildings and grounds, after-school programming, as well as the outreach library services we offer to our schools, nursing homes, and those unable to easily leave their homes for traditional library services.

Without passage of a levy that generates 38% of our annual revenue, the Library will not be able to operate. If we do not secure local taxpayer support, we will have to drastically cut hours, materials, most programs and services, and the hardest cuts of all – jobs.

How much do you save using library services?

Ever wonder how much you save using services from the library? Use our calculator to get an idea. Just enter numbers in the form below and watch the total rise. The numbers you enter could be your best guess for your use for the last year, or as simple as your last visit.

About how many...
...books did you borrow?
   $
...audiobookms did you borrow?
   $
...magazines did you borrow or read?
   $
...movies did you borrow?
   $
...music CDs did you borrow?
   $
...ebooks did you download?
   $
...digital audiobooks did you download?
   $
...magazines did you download?
   $
...movies did you stream or download?
   $
...reference questions did you ask? (The kind of question you might try to answer with Google and find you need more help.)
   $
...times did you use a database or electronic resource like Ebsco, Chilton Library, Consumer Reports, or LinkedIn Learning?
   $
...times did you use a library computer or laptop?
   $
...times did you use the Library's Wi-Fi?
   $
...times did you check out a hotspot?
   $
...times did you reserve a meeting room?
   $
...times did you attend a program or event?
   $
...COVID Tests have you picked up from the library?
$
...times did you have your requested materials delivered?
   $
Total use value:
$0

Data and assumptions informed by the Local ROI Calculator prepared by the Ohio Library Council. We have prepared explanations for our tool as well.

How do I vote?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Find information about registration, early voting, and polling locations on the Board of Elections Website.

October 11, 2022 - Deadline to register to vote in the November 8 election
October 12, 2022 – Absentee and early in-person voting begins
November 8, 2022 – Election Day; Polls open 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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