(Canton, Ohio) – Library officials are answering questions regarding Issue 8 ahead of the Primary Election next week.
Interview with Stephanie Cargill, Communications Director
Q.) Why is this necessary? Overall importance?
A.) The levy represents more than half of Stark Library’s current budget. The current property tax levy expires at the end of 2019. The remaining funds come from the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund, which has declined 17% over the last decade – with inflation, this equals a $2.87 Million decrease. Funds from the new levy will help bridge that gap.
Q.) How will the money be spent?
A.) Funding from Issue 8 will allow the library to increase services and materials, and maintain and invest in our buildings, giving the community expanded access to all the library has to offer. I’ve attached a detailed document outlining Stark Library’s levy plan.
Q.) How much would this generate?
A.) Issue 8 will generate approximately $3.3 MM annually. Details in the attached document.
Q.) How much would residents pay if passed?
A.) For owners of a $100,000 property, the levy would cost about an additional $26.50 per year.
Q.) Anything else you’d like to add?
A.) Stark Library is a vital community hub, offering events, programs, and services to meet the county’s changing needs. As a proponent of early literacy, we invest in programs like story time, the SPARK program, and other school partnerships that encourage literacy in the children of our community. Our trainers and one-on-one services provide coaching on job-related services including job search resources, resume writing, and computer skills training. Our technology classes are always full, so adding additional employees would allow us to expand those services. Our bookmobile fleet is the largest in the state and, along with our mobile services, visits every school, preschool, senior center, and workshop in our service area. In addition, each of our neighborhood branches provides high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, bridging the digital divide for 25% of our population who do not have internet access in their homes.