2021 Levy Facts

 

WHY DOES THE LIBRARY HAVE A LEVY ON THE BALLOT?

The current levy, passed as a 5-year 2.9 mil levy in 2016 and makes up 2/3 of the library’s operating budget, is expiring at the end of 2021. The library will lose 2/3 of its funding unless voters pass the renewal levy in 2021.
The remaining 1/3 of the library’s funding comes from the Ohio Public Library Fund (PLF). Unfortunately, this amount is uncertain due to COVID-19 causing the state to lose income.

WHY IS THIS A RENEWAL AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

Because of the pandemic, we are living in difficult times. Even though costs have increased, the library board, being sensitive to the challenging economic situation, has decided to run only a renewal levy with no inflationary increase.
When there is a reappraisal in the community, as happened in 2020, the effective rate of the levy decreases so that the library does not receive more income. The annual cost to the taxpayer will be approximately $72.10 per $100,000 of home value.
Without the passage of the renewal levy, the library will not be able to continue to operate without significant reductions in hours, services, and resources.

HOW DOES THE LIBRARY REMAIN FISCALLY RESPONSIBLE AND STRETCH IT DOLLARS?

Library administration reviews, renegotiates, and reduces outside contract costs on an ongoing basis.
The library supplements local revenue through fundraising efforts, federal, state, and local grant applications, and community collaborations.

HOW HAS THE LIBRARY RESPONDED TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS?

Many necessary adjustments have been made in order to protect the health and safety of customers and staff, while providing vital resources and services.
Staff has made access to physical resources easy for our customers through online chat, new curbside services, the drive-up window, touchless self-check, and browsing collections.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THESE NEW LIBRARY INITIATIVES?

The library hosts daily events for both adults and children including:

  • Creative & educational programing in the arts & humanities:


    Art history, best-selling authors, top chef cooking programs, history programs, genealogy workshops, yoga classes, foreign language classes, concerts, and music lessons live and through Lessonface.

  • Enrichment activities to support early literacy:


    1000 books before kindergarten, story times, summer reading club, traveling book collections to preschools, tutoring support, Vidcode, Scholastic Bookflix and ScienceFlix.

  • STEM programs to cultivate innovation and imagination:


    Invention Place activities, coding, one-on-one tech tutoring.

  • Business support to generate job creation and success:


    Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship Research activities including Pitch Night competitions for adults and youth, Etsy training (beginner and intermediate), LinkedIn workshops, and more.
Technology offerings to address gaps in access include circulating: Wi-Fi Hotspots, Rokus, Chromebooks, Laptops, iPads, Technology-to-go Kits (Podcasting, Video Studio, and Family History).
Remote Access to Streaming Services & Cutting-Edge Databases including PressReader, Kanopy, Great Courses, Acorn, and Tutor.com.

THE HUDSON LIBRARY PROVIDES TOP VALUE

The Hudson Library and Historical Society provides residents with a wealth of the latest resource materials, programs, and innovative services with no additional cost.
The library has been awarded a “5-Star Rating” for eight years in a row. In 2020, fewer than 1.5% of all libraries in the entire country received this rating.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO THE PAC WEBSITE

http://www.stronghudsonlibrary.org