O ne of the many issues that will be before voters in November is the library levy.
" W ho would think in T oledo, Ohio, there would be a sign across the door, library dark, library closed?," that's a question Clyde Scoles of the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library is asking.
I t's a sight leaders at the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library want to avoid. That's why they're behind an aggressive levy campaign to have 2.9 mill operating levy. That money would be half of the libraries funding. The other half comes from the state, but if the levy doesn't pass, "when you're talking 50%, you're talking about complete closures," explains Scoles.
I n 2009 , 20 percent cuts eliminated $7 million dollars out of the libraries budget. Clyde Scoles says the library provides a service beyond supplying books such as job training, online opportunities, and a tutoring help for children something mother Ashley Nelson says has helped her, "I can do my job applications, I can do my stuff for my schooling and stuff online. And my kids can walk around, play around," explains Nelson.
F unding has been reduced for the library and they say they're at 1996 numbers. Reduced funding has caused programs to be reduced or cut and that has dropped the number of visitors from 3.7 million people in 2010 to in 2011 2.7 million in 2011.
L ibrary officials say around $21 - 23 million dollars is expected to be raised if the levy passes.If passed, the owner of a 100-thousand dollar home would pay less than 8 cents per day.