Renewal Levy Information
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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The MidPointe Library System will have a renewal levy on the ballot on Tuesday, May 5. Please find information regarding this levy, as well as why the Library is asking for continued community support below:

Something for Everyone in the Community

With current funding levels, the MidPointe Library System is able to provide many resources, materials, services, and programming to the residents of eastern Butler County.

MidPointe offers a collection of over a half million items, and partnership in the SearchOhio lending consortium gives patrons access to over 16 million items from across the state. In 2014 over 2 million items were checked out. Additionally, MidPointe provides internet access and public computers to assist people in finding jobs, accessing data and doing school work.

In 2014, MidPointe offered over 2000 programs. These are as diverse as yoga class and technology instruction for adults, to storytime and early literacy book clubs for children. The Library's Summer Reading Program, which promotes literacy for all ages, reached record involvement last year, with nearly 10,000 patrons participating.

MidPointe's influence expands well beyond the buildings. Librarians visit schools and community centers to engage young people in the joy of reading. Educators are able to stock their classrooms with books as a result of MidPointe's "Teacher Collections." The MidPointe Outreach Services Department delivers materials to over 200 patrons who are unable to physically visit the Library.

Library Budgeting

For the past two decades, Libraries in the state of Ohio have faced reduced funding. In 2008, the most drastic of these cuts occurred and as a result, the Library had to dramatically reduce hours, services and staffing. For the first time, the Library approached the public with the possibility of a .75 mill levy to supplement operations. The voters of our Library district passed the levy, which represents almost 40% of the MidPointe budget. Overdue fines and fees only represent 3.25% of the Library's overall budget.

The overwhelming majority of the Library's expenses are devoted to collection development and public service and programs. Administrative costs represent only 12.5% of overall expenses and the MidPointe Library System has continually been recognized as one of the most cost effective in the state.

Levy Details

The levy on the May 5 ballot is a renewal. This is not a new tax.
Levy funds make up 40% of MidPointe's budget.
Levy Millage: .75 mill
Length of Levy: 5 years
Cost: The cost of this levy to the owner of a $100,000 home is approximately $22.97 a year(less than the cost of one hardback book).
Levy funds will:

• Maintain services and materials at all MidPointe locations.

• Continue to provide current technological resources to the public.

• Allow for sensible expansion in our growing community.

• Sustain programs for children, teens and adults.



 
 
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