Ohio voters approve all library ballot issues
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Library Council says voters this week approved every public library issue included on a local ballot.
The council says nearly all libraries in Ohio depend on state funding to keep operating and provide basic services to their communities. But Ohio’s libraries have seen a nearly 25 percent decrease in that state funding since 2007.
The council says local property tax revenue from the ballot issues approved in Tuesday’s election will provide needed financial support for the libraries’ programs and services and help replace some of the funding lost through state cuts.
Unofficial results show one library bond issue and 14 library property tax levies in Ohio were successful.
The council is the statewide professional association representing the interests of Ohio’s 251 public library systems.