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April 15, 2010
Salem News

Support continues for passage of library levy

To the editor:

Our Salem Public Library is in serious need of voter support for its proposed levy of $0.125 per one hundred dollars of property valuation, which request will appear on our ballots for the May 4 primary election. The reason for this urgent request is the present and continuing reduction of state support for basic library funding support across the state of Ohio. If a majority of us vote "yes" on this levy, a homeowner whose home/property is valued at $40,000 would pay a total of $15.31 per year; a home/property valued at $80,000 would pay $30.63 per year; a home/property valued at $150,000 would pay $57.42 per year. This levy is intended as a continuing operating levy for our Salem Public Library.

Our own library is experiencing a $26.7 percent reduction in state funding support for year 2010-a $243,000 loss. There are no indications that this level of loss of state funds will be rescinded or replaced. Therefore, our library's independent board of trustees has voted to request support from us, the patrons of our library and the citizens of our community, to grant them sufficient funds to prevent the further crippling of library services, and to allow the library to continue to serve us as it has done so ably in the past.

A few facts: while state funding has been cut by nearly 27 percent, the number of borrowers from our library has increased nearly 28 percent. Each day our library averages between 660 to 700 persons who visit it. Our library has already eliminated two staff positions; other staff members have had their service hours reduced; needed maintenance has been delayed; replacement of public-use computers has also been delayed; subscriptions have had to be canceled.

A very small annual investment on each of our parts through this proposed levy will enable our community to continue to have the remarkable center of excellence that is our Salem Public Library. Please join with me in enthusiastically supporting the Salem Public Library Proposed Tax Levy for continuing operating expenses at the polls on May 4.



Pleased with operation of Salem Public Library

To the editor:

When I was proposing the memorial to Strotter Brown, I met with Brad Stephens, director, at the Salem Public Library. He was very helpful and enthusiastic about the renaming of the adjacent street. Brad moved the process along through his board of directors and with little or no problems. The members of the board also had a host of good ideas about the project.

I am more than pleased with the operation of the Salem Public Library. They have always been helpful to me in whatever ventures I've been involved with.

I also informed Brad that I was happy to donate a certain amount of money each year. This is to cover the increased costs involved with the memorial.

I am pleased to support the Salem Public Library whenever I can.





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