2010-04-10 / Editorials & Letters

Library levy needs your support

Editor:

Licking County voters are being asked on Tuesday, May 4 to approve a one mill temporary levy for five years to replace some of the money lost in cuts by state. Approval is critical to maintain services at the six libraries operated by the Newark Public Library. That includes the Buckeye Lake and Hebron libraries.

Approval will cost homeowners just over $2.55 per month or $30.63 per year for every $100,000 of value of your home. That is literally pennies per day.

While we have been assured that the Buckeye Lake Library is safe from closing even if the levy fails, our library will share in the drastic cuts all six libraries will face.

These cuts will include reduced hours of operation, significant cuts for the purchase of new books, magazines, DVDs and CDs, reduced programs for children and adults, and more staff layoffs.

The Friends of Buckeye Lake Library encourage all residents of Licking County and particularly Buckeye Lake residents to support our libraries. It’s only 8¢ a day for a home valued at $100,000. That’s a very small price for convenient, affordable access to educational, informational and recreational resources. The free internet access at our library is particularly important to our residents as they complete school assignments and look for employment.

Please vote YES for your library on Tuesday, May 4.
Pam Reed, President
Friends of Buckeye Lake Library

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