UPPER SANDUSKY Upper Sandusky Community Library, 301 N. Sandusky Ave., is looking to voters this November to renew a 1.4-mill tax levy.
The levy is to generate $300,000 per year for five years. It originally was passed in November 2009 and will expire at the end of the year.
Levy funds have helped restore fiscal stability at the library and allowed the continued development of programs.
"If the voters had not passed that levy, the library would today be a shadow of itself," Ken MacDonald, who is part of the levy campaign, said. "Fortunately, that levy passed by 63 percent and the library continues to provide important services to the people of Upper Sandusky and in ever greater numbers."
The levy would apply to everyone in the Upper Sandusky Exempted Village School District. If voters approve, the levy would be collectible beginning in 2015.
The levy is to cost the average homeowner of a $100,000 home, $40 a year or .11 cents per day.Levy funds are to go toward general operating expenses, Upper Sandusky Community Library Director Kathleen Whitt said. The money is to help pay salaries, purchase materials, pay utilities and cover maintenance costs, Whitt said.
Upper Sandusky library statistics from 2012
10,177 used the library's computers.
1,940 used the library's WiFi connection.
15,269 visits to the library's website.
215,380 visits to the library.
8,565 visits to a library program.
Total circulation for the library in 2012 was 167,477 items (this does not include magazines, newspapers and paperback books).
In 2012, there were 167,477 items circulated, with 6,600 patrons last month, Whitt said.
"The library is not just about books," Whitt said. "We have programming for children and adults, along with story time every week, computer work stations where people can conduct job searches and any other researching."
Whitt said the library also has eBooks, and instruction on how to use the readers, and audio books.
"The library is a really good community center where everyone can come together and make use of the resources and a way to connect with each other in the community," she said.
For more information about the levy, visit "Support Our Upper Sandusky Library" on Facebook.
"Consider voting for the levy here in 2013 and allow the library to remain one of the most valuable resources for information, education and just plain entertainment as it has been all these years," MacDonald said.