Library to Put Levy on Ballot

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The Muskingum County Library System will take action to help boost funding for the next several years.

Today members of the library’s board of trustees met with the Muskingum County Commissioners to discuss passing a resolution to allow the library to put a levy on the ballot this November.

“This is the first operating levy the Muskingum County Library System has ever had,” said Blair Tom of the library. “We did have a bond issue for a building program in 1988, which was paid off in 13 years. That resulted in the fine buildings we have in Muskingum County.”

The commissioners signed the resolution, which will put a one-mil levy on the ballot for five years. Tom says, if passed, the levy would raise $1.49 million for operating the library system.

“We will take the information we hear in the next several years and months and focus those funds to support those kinds of things,” he said. “We expect we’ll hear access to high speed Internet and public computers, the kinds of services people are showing that they currently value. We would be continued to be valued and provide those types of services.”

Tom says with the economy the library has seen an increase of people using the facilities.

“Clearly the public response demonstrates libraries matter to people in Ohio and Muskingum County in particular,” he said. “We’re very hopeful that the kind of support and interest we saw during this recent state budget will translate for public libraries in muskingum county.”

Tom says currently the library has reduced the hours for library branches and its workers.

He says the library will also undergo a week-long furlough during fair week.