Facts about the Euclid Public Library Renewal, Issue 2

Euclid Public Library seeks to renew its operating levy in May.

Why is the library on the ballot this May?

The Euclid Public Library levy expires every five years. EPL is asking voters for a renewal of its 5.6 mill levy, the library’s only existing tax levy.

Is this levy needed?

It is critical! About 61% of our funding comes from this levy. The other 39% comes from state funding and other resources which have declined significantly. We need a free public library now more than ever. Without these funding resources, our services would be impacted.

What other resources support the library?

State of Ohio Public Library Funding (PLF) and local property taxes have remained relatively flat. Since 2014, the state eliminated the Commerical Activity Tax, which impacted our local funding.

How will the library use levy funds?

Euclid Public Library continues to be a good steward of public funding. The levy funds will be used to continue to maintain library hours and the current level of services at the library. This levy, when passed, will provide approximately 61% of the operating budget for the next five years.

Will Issue 2 increase taxes?

No. Issue 2 is a renewal, not a tax increase. 

How much will this levy cost me?

For those who own an average home valued at $75,000, the 5.6 mill levy will cost $9.66 per month. This equals $115.85 per year.

Is this the only levy that the Euclid Public Library has?

Yes. This year we celebrate 84 years of service in Euclid. We are proud to be an independent library serving the city.  This is the only levy that maintains our library.

Don’t I pay for the Cuyahoga County Library system also?

No. Residents of Euclid only pay a levy for the Euclid Public Library.

If the levy doesn’t pass will we join the County Library System?

No. The Library will continue to work with our residents to seek a solution to restoring our funding.  

Election Day is Tuesday, May 7. The polls are open from 6:30 AM - 7:30 PM. Please visit https://boe.cuyahogacounty.us/ for more information and to find your polling location.

Ashley Gowens

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

Read More on Library
Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 3:01 PM, 03.30.2019