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Investing in the Library = Investing in your Community

Libraries are best known for lending books and other media but your library does so much more. 

School readiness and early childhood literacy is a fundamental component of our programs and a core service to families. Through programs with preschools and the Ravenna school system, the library supports literacy, provides technology tools and programs, and is an invaluable partner in learning.

We provide free high-speed internet access, public computers, training and software classes and tutorials for both educational and job training needs. We partner with community organizations to help with the opioid crisis with programs and awareness campaigns. During economic hardship, our citizens turn to and depend on the library.

The library also provides many options for people who are looking for work, trying to train for a new career or want to remain relevant in the career they already have. Our community's economy benefits when small business owners can use library resources to make wise business decisions, do printing, scanning and faxing to support their business. We make our meeting rooms and technology tools available to community groups and small businesses to use for training, workshops, events and more.

For this levy renewal, the cost to a taxpayer with a home valued at $100,000 is $44 per year. 

Even at its most basic service, lending materials, supporting the library gives you much more than you invest. Here are other typical costs for comparison:

  • 2 DVDs - $40
  • 3 Books - $45
  • Annual Amazon Prime Membership - $156
  • Annual Netflix Subscription - $156
  • Average Annual Cable Subscription - $1,200

FAQ about the 2020 Tax Renewal

Will voting yes increase my taxes?

No, this will not increase your taxes. This is a renewal of the same amount, 1.5 mills, from the levy renewed in 2015 and passed in 2010.

What does the library use the levy money for?

This money goes into the general operating budget and is used to provide all the services, staff, and materials that the library has to offer.

Is this the only money the library gets?

No, funding comes from three main sources. The first is the Public Library Fund (PLF), which is distributed from a percentage of the General Revenue Fund of the State of Ohio. The amount of PLF funds the Library receives fluctuates monthly based on the tax receipts of the state. Because of the COVID crisis, the library has already had a reduction in funding from the PLF, making this levy renewal especially important. The second source is a 30-year operating levy that was passed in 2004 to renovate and build the current building. The third source is this operating levy on the ballot this November.

Who pays for promoting this levy? (Is the library using my money to raise funds for itself?)

No, all promotional costs for this ballot issue are paid for by the Reed Memorial Library-Community Starts Here Political Action Committee, a group of volunteers who advocate on behalf of our library.