Facts & Figures
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Q. Why is the levy necessary for the library?
A. This levy replaces our 1-mill levy that expires in 2010 ($890,483). It also attempts to replace lost state Public Library Funds ($282,719 in 2009 and $452,538 in 2010) and prepares the library for anticipated future cuts. The 2010 main revenue sources are: Public Library Fund (PLF) ($949,239 or 50%) and Levy ($890,483 or 46.91%).
Q. These are tough times, why can’t the Library “tighten its belt?”
A. We already have. Despite decreased state funding, the Library has worked to maintain a balanced operating budget and operate within anticipated revenue.
- No pay raises.
- Hiring freeze.
- Increased fees and fines.
- Cut materials budget by $85,000.
- Closed one day a month with unpaid furlough.
- Eliminated 46 magazines and 3 newspaper subscriptions.
- Extended life cycle of PCs.
- Cut library supplies by 24%.
- Cut part time employees’ hours.
- Emergency building maintenance only.
Q. What are the specifics of the levy?
A. It is a 2-mill continuous levy which will generate $1,972,105, and will be used for operating expenses. It replaces the expiring 1-mill 5-year levy and attempts to replace losses of state funding. It also attempts to bring us back to 2008 revenue levels (levy plus state funding) and provide support for the future. The levy will be on the May 4 ballot for voters in the Stow-Munroe Falls School District.
The owner of a $100,000 house currently pays $30.63 in annual property tax for the Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library. If the 2-mill levy passes the same homeowner would pay an additional $30.63 for a total of $61.25. This translates to a total of $5.10 per month or 17 cents/day.
Q. What will the Library do if the levy passes?
A. We will continue the library’s tradition of providing quality materials, excellent service and innovative programs.
Q. What will the Library do if the levy fails?
A. We will be forced to make some tough decisions. The library may:
- Reduce library operating hours by as much as 3 days a week
- Reduce library material purchasing
- Reduce staff by up to 50% and continue wage and hiring freeze
- Reduce library programs
- Eliminate outreach services
- Eliminate free computer classes
- Reduce library services to the public such as eliminate drive-up window
Your library is more important than ever! Usage is increasing and funding is decreasing.
- Library doors were open 3,436 hours.
- More than 307,914 patrons passed through our doors. This is about 10,000 more than 2008.
- Library patrons checked out a record high 789,466 items.
- We issued 3,953 cards to new patrons for an average of more than 76 per week.
- Over 150 adult computer classes delivered free instruction for 1,120 patrons.
- Story Times were enjoyed by 5,209 children.
- Our Outreach program went on 150 visits to assisted care facilities, bringing 9,529 items to 1,545 patrons who otherwise could not get to the library.
- 55 Teen Programs were attended by 1,490 young adults
- Children’s Outreach made 235 visits at 14 daycares and preschools bringing the gift of reading to 4,491 children.
We encourage you to exercise your right to vote on May 4th.
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