Clyde library seeks replacement levy

CLYDE – The Clyde Public Library is to have a 1.5-mill, 10-year replacement operating levy on the ballot Nov. 5.

The levy would fund library operations, library director Beth Leibengood said.

According to the Sandusky County auditor, at current valuations, the levy should generate $267,248 per year.

“The revenue the levy generates will fund new materials and technology purchases, programs for all ages, staffing, and maintenance and operation of the library facility,” Leibengood said.

The owner of a $100,000 home would pay $52.50 per year. The average homeowner in Clyde will pay less than $1 per week for this levy, Leibengood said.

The library has had one other levy, which was passed in 1994, to pay for construction and operation of the library’s addition. That levy expires in 2014, and the new levy would be collected beginning in 2015, she said.

“Our previous levy, passed in 1994, was approved due to the generosity of the Clyde community. We hope that the library has become even more valuable to the community since that time,” Leibengood said. “Our current levy provides 42 percent of the Clyde library’s funding, and it expires next year.

Also, the library’s state funding has been cut by nearly a third since 2001. The Clyde library received less funding from the state last year than it did in 1997. Without this new levy, it will be impossible to provide the level of service that our community needs.”

Last year, the library circulated 116,255 items. The library also had 5,532 attendees at library programs, 24,128 visits to the library, and a 9 percent increase in circulation over the previous year.

The Clyde Public Library has 6,761 cardholders.