2018 Morley Library (Lake County Library District) Levy Renewal Facts
- The current levy expires at the end of 2019. The Library is placing a continuing 1-mill levy on the November 6, 2018 ballot. This is the same as the levy now in effect. It is not a new tax.
- Homeowners in Painesville City, Painesville Township, Concord (Precincts A, B, C, F, G, I, L, M, and N), Grand River, and LeRoy Township will vote on this issue.
- A continuing levy will maintain the homestead tax rollback for taxpayers and allow the Library to plan further into the future for new and innovative services. This is not a tax increase.
- 1-mill means that homeowners will continue to pay $30.23 annually for every $100K of property valuation. This is not a new tax, nor is it a tax increase.
- The Library is funded by state and local resources. The local levy provides 44% of its total funding, while state funding provides 53%. Fines, fees, gifts, and investment revenue make up the remaining 3%.
- Since 2008, state funding for public libraries has decreased by about 10%. The Library’s operating budget has decreased by 12.5%. State funding is subject to legislative change every two years. Local revenue is important for stability and ongoing service.
Morley Library serves a population of over 52,000 in Painesville City, Painesville Township, Concord Township, Grand River, and LeRoy Township. Morley provides books, audio, video, and digital resources, public computers and wi-fi, information services, and educational and recreational programs for all ages. Library staff provide outreach programming to schools and daycares and delivery to homebound patrons. Morley’s Local History and Genealogy collection is a unique and valuable community asset. The Library partners with local schools, organizations, and local government to enhance the quality of life for all. In September 2018, Morley will join CLEVNET, a resource-sharing network of public libraries in northeast Ohio, providing access to 10 million items owned by 44 library systems in 12 counties.