Ohioans Approve 100% of Public Library Ballot Issues on the General Election Ballot


Staff Report



Columbus – On November 8, voters approved all 15 public library issues on local ballots around Ohio. The successful library ballot issues included nine renewal levies, three renewals plus additions, and three new levies. All of the levies passed by significant margins with the average voter approval rate of 67 percent.

The revenue from these local property tax levies will provide financial support for libraries’ programs and services, and complement the state funding of public libraries.

“Voters continue to express their support for public libraries at the polls,” said Douglas Evans, Executive Director, Ohio Library Council. “Yesterday’s election results prove that the majority of voters feel that their libraries provide essential programs and services and are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

PUBLIC LIBRARY BALLOT ISSUES

November 8, 2016

UNOFFICIAL RESULTS

LIBRARY; COUNTY; MILLAGE; FOR; AGAINST; % YES, TYPE; TERM (yrs.)

Ada Public Library; Hardin; 1.00; 1,792 Y; 589; 75%; Renewal; 5

Grandview Heights Public Library; Franklin; 2.50; 3,571 Y; 1,224; 74%; Renewal; 5

Guernsey County District Public Library; Guernsey; 1.00; 9,643 Y; 5,578; 63%; Renewal; 5

Herbert Wescoat Memorial Library (McArthur); Vinton; 1.00; 3,344 Y; 1,587; 68%; Renewal/Additional; 5

Herrick Memorial Library (Wellington); Lorain; 1.25; 2,346 Y; 2,030; 54%; Renewal/Additional; 5

Mt. Gilead Public Library; Morrow; 1.00; 2,089 Y; 1,939; 52%; New; 5

Mt. Sterling Public Library; Madison; 0.40; 758 Y; 483; 61%; New; 5

Pataskala Public Library; Licking; 0.50; 7,687 Y; 4,468; 63%; Renewal; 5

Swanton Public Library; Fulton; 1.00; 2,366 Y; 872; 73%; Renewal; 5

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library; Lucas; 3.70; 120,783 Y; 64,290; 65%; Renewal/Additional; 5

Upper Arlington Public Library; Franklin; 2.00; 17,102 Y; 4,580; 79%; Renewal; 6

Wadsworth Public Library; Medina; 1.00; 10,693 Y; 3,189 77%; Renewal; 5

Wauseon Public Library; Fulton; 1.00; 3,616 Y; 1,125; 76%; Renewal; 5

Wickliffe Public Library; Lake; 1.70; 4,444 Y; 1,595; 74%; Renewal; Continuing; 5

Williams County Public Library; Williams; 1.00; 4,668 Y; 3,537; 57%; New; 5

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Staff Report

The Ohio Library Council is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s 251 public library systems, their trustees, Friends, and staffs.

The Ohio Library Council is the statewide professional association which represents the interests of Ohio’s 251 public library systems, their trustees, Friends, and staffs.