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The library levy renewal that Issue 2 puts forth will be the first time in a decade that library leaders have asked for more money. Pictured above are librarians Ann Cooper, left, and Connie Collett, who helped design the new layout of the Yellow Springs Community Library renovation in January, 2013. (News Archive Photo by Megan Bachman)

The library levy renewal that Issue 2 puts forth will be the first time in a decade that library leaders have asked for more money. Pictured above are librarians Ann Cooper, left, and Connie Collett, who helped design the new layout of the Yellow Springs Community Library renovation in January, 2013. (News Archive Photo by Megan Bachman)

Library seeks support Nov. 4

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Leaders of the Greene County Library system, which includes the Yellow Springs Library, are hoping voters say Yes to Issue 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot. Issue 2 is a renewal of the library’s existing 1 mill levy with an increase of 0.9 mils.

The funding increase is the first time in a decade that library leaders have asked for more money, according to Greene County Library Director Karl Colon. The increase is necessary because state funding has been cut by $6 million in the past six years and more cuts are expected. Without the levy, the library would be forced to reduce hours, staff and programming, Colon said.

If passed, the levy would mean homeowners would pay $2.60 monthly more per $100,000 valuation of a home on top of the $2.50 monthly they already pay. The owner of a $200,000 home would end up paying about $122 yearly to support library services.

However, the average library patron uses about $863 a year in books, CDs and DVDs, according to Colon, and in Yellow Springs, villagers use more.

“We think it’s a good deal,” he said.

For a longer article on the library levy, see the Oct. 16 Yellow Springs News.

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Library seeks support Nov. 4

by Diane Chiddister