On Tuesday the Lucas County Commissioners are expected to approve placing a 2.9-mill replacement levy on the November ballot for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library.
"We lost so much in state funding cuts to public libraries across the State of Ohio, a lot of us still operating on levels that are very outdated," said TLCPL Spokesperson Rhonda Sewell.
If approved she says the owner of a $100,000 home would pay an additional $27 per year, and would help the system fill the gap of lost state funds.
"We hope we can now start to focus on books, restoration of hours, computers, materials, things like that," said Sewell.
Sewell says a levy selling point will be the number of people using the public library system, nearly 3 million visitors last year. "What we saw is a record number in circulation even with those decreased hours and state funding cuts and property values plummeting, we still see increased usage".
Besides the library, the Metroparks will also be seeking approval of a replacement levy in November, likely to be a .9-mill request pending board approval.
Three issues being recommended for placement on the fall ballot by the Lucas County Citizens Levy Review Committee include a 1.85-mill replacement levy for the Children Services Board, a 1-mill replacement levy for Mental Health services, and a .17-mill renewal levy for the Imagination Station.
Those 3 issues are being forwarded to the commissioners to place on the November ballot. That would make 5 county-wide tax issues to be decided, and voters in Toledo will also decide on levies for TPS and Toledo parks and recreation.
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