Monday, February 22, 2016

Arcanum Library Pursues Levy Renewal to Maintain Quality Service

The trustees of the Arcanum Public Library voted to place a renewal of the existing 1.0 mill library support levy on the March 15 ballot. The original levy was approved in 2011 to replenish the 30% cut in funding by the state. Since then the library has been able to maintain a full operating schedule, expand its book and DVD collection, implement a new book drop and offer a wide variety of programming. The library also joined a network of libraries across the state, which has provided better on-line services and access to the materials at all of the member libraries.

The residents of our community rely on the library to provide free educational and recreational resources. Services like computer and high-speed internet access allow patrons to apply for jobs or government benefits, complete homework assignments or just keep in touch with friends and family.

Since this is a renewal levy, you will not see any increase in your taxes. It is also to be continuous, so it will remain in place unless it need to be changed through a future ballot measure. The income generated by the levy will allow the library to maintain its current hours and the variety of services. The levy will be on the ballot for voters within the Arcanum Butler Local School District.

The library staff and trustees feel that the library continues to offer a good value for the community and appreciate the public support of the library and the levy. In the meantime, questions and comments can be shared with levy co-chairmans: Marilyn Walden at 692-8484 or Paul Myers at 692-8115.

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