Your one-stop shop for all questions regarding the Delaware County District Library's request for a levy renewal on the November 6 ballot. Don't see your question answered here? Ask us! If you need help registering to vote or finding your polling location, we're happy to assist in any way we can.
What we’re asking for:
The Library is asking voters to approve a 15-year renewal of the
Library’s one-mill levy. It’s the same levy you have now!
Will my taxes go up if the levy is renewed?
No. Your tax stays the same. Even if your property is reassessed, the tax stays the same until your property is sold.
What is the tax rate now?
The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 pays approximately $38 a year for the Library levy.
What will you do with the funds should the levy pass?
• A new library for the Powell/Liberty Township area
• Updates at the Delaware and Ostrander Libraries
• Upgrades at the Orange Library
• Continue to expand all collections
• Continue to update technology
Where is the new library in Powell/Liberty Township going to be located?
There have been several suggestions, but at this point, the Board has not selected a location.
When is the last day to register to vote?
The voter registration for the November 6 general election is Tuesday, October 9. You can register here or at any DCDL location.
What did the Library do with the last levy?
• Built the Orange Branch Library
• Expanded the collections, joined consortia to access almost 5 million items
• Extended service hours at all locations
• Increased offsite services via the Outreach Services Department
•Added tons of technology, including laptops, wi-fi hotspots, recording
equipment, and special computers for young children
Why does the Library maintain a large reserve?
Primarily to pay off the remaining notes on the Orange Library. When the levy is renewed the Library will be able to pay those notes and build a new library for the western part of the county without adding new debt. Once this is accomplished, the library’s reserves will average the equivalent of one year’s operating budget.
How much does the levy generate?
The levy provides the Library with about 2/3 of the annual budget.
What happens if the levy renewal request is turned down?
The levy constitutes 2/3 of the Library’s budget. Other than the state’s Public Library Fund, other sources of funding for public libraries are not available. Therefore, cuts in library services would be required.
Where does the rest of the money come from?
Primarily, the state of Ohio’s Public Library Fund. This Fund has been in place since the 1980s, but it can vary from state budget to state budget, and the trend has been down over the past ten years.
- Delaware County District Library leaders: Powell has outgrown its branch - ThisWeek Community News - September 18, 2018
- Delaware County library looks to future with levy renewal - ThisWeek Community News - July 31, 2018
- Candidates share ideas - Delaware Gazette - October 11, 2018