Voters approve library levies in Carey, Clyde and Upper Sandusky

According to unofficial results Tuesday, three area libraries had their levies approved by voters.

The Dorcas Carey Public Library had a 1.75-mill renewal tax levy approved with 746 votes for and 251 against, according to unofficial results.

The levy is to generate $152,787 for five-years. The purpose of the levy is to fund general operating expenses.

Library Director Linda Gatchell had said the funds are for expenses such as updating technology including computers, updating staff programs, storytime, mother goose programs, the Teen Advisory Group, book clubs and more.

For the average homeowner of a $100,000 home, the levy is to cost about $1 per week.

“We are very, very happy,” Gatchell said. “The voters again were kind and supportive of their library. We appreciate them.”

Gatchell said without the renewal levy, they would have had to close another day and cut down on part-time employees.

“So many things count on this money,” Gatchell said. “People are very happy with how the library is.”

The Clyde Public Library had a 1.5-mill, 10-year replacement operating levy.

According to unofficial results, voters approved the levy, 1,210-636.

The purpose is solely for library operations, Library Director Beth Leibengood had said previously.

According to the Sandusky County auditor, at current valuations, the levy should generate $267,248.00 per year.

The revenue the levy is to generate is to fund new materials and technology purchases, programs for all ages, staffing, and maintenance and operation of the facility.

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

Voters also approved a 1.4-mill tax levy for the Upper Sandusky Community Library Tuesday.

The levy was set to expire at the end of 2013. The levy is set to generate $300,000 per year for five years.

Cost to the average homeowner of a $100,000 home is $40 a year. Funds generated from the levy are to go toward general operating expenses such as salaries, to purchase materials, pay utilities and any other maintenance need.

Upper Sandusky Community Library Director Kathleen Whitt could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.