Update on Library Funding

Protect Public Library Funding in Ohio

We are very appreciative here at the Euclid Public Library for the support we receive from our patrons through state funding, local property taxes, and generous donations from the Euclid Public Library Foundation and Friends of the Euclid Public Library support groups. We would not be able to serve you at the current level without your support.

I want to share information with you about the present status of funding for Ohio’s public libraries. At the state level, we are fortunate to be funded through the Public Library Fund (PLF) which receives a percentage of the state’s tax revenues from the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF). Revenue sources for the GRF include the state personal income tax, sales and use tax, business taxes, etc.

The PLF is currently set at 1.7% of the GRF, but it will be automatically reduced to 1.66% on July 1, 2017. This will cut state funding for all of Ohio's public libraries.

The Ohio Library Council (OLC) is working with Ohio’s public libraries to educate members of the Ohio General Assembly and those elected in November on the status of our state funding. We know that Ohioans value their public libraries and that public libraries create opportunities and transform lives. Euclid Public Library will be working with the OLC during the next several months to protect state funding for Ohio’s public libraries. I will keep you posted with updates as we work through this process. To learn more about the Euclid Public Library’s return on investment (ROI), please visit us online at www.euclidlibrary.org.

 Thank you again for your support. It is truly a joy to serve the residents of Euclid and all of our CLEVNET members!

Ashley Gowens

I proudly serve the Euclid community as the Marketing & Communications Manager for the Euclid Public Library.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 12:20 PM, 01.13.2017