The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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October 18, 2013

Ashtabula County District Library will ask voters to approve a 1.25-mill levy on Nov. 5.

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The passage of the levy will enable the library to restore hours, programs and book and media purchases.

The library’s infrastructure also is in need of repair, including the windows and carpeting. The Geneva Library needs carpeting, as well.

ACDL, like most libraries in Ohio, has been funded more than 90 percent by the state since the mid-1980s. Since 2008, the state has cut funding by $400,000, and by more than $600,000 annually since its peak in 2001, Tokarczyk said.

Tokarczyk believe area residents don’t realize how many people use the library. Many people in the community, including the elderly, use the computers to get on the Internet.

When the economy is bad, people use the library a lot,” he said. “The unemployed use our on-line services.”

Patrons stand in line to use the computers.

The library also offers faxing and scanning services for a small fee.

The Harbor-Topky Memorial Library District is asking voters to renew a 2.0-mill current expense tax levy.

If passed, the levy will provide for the current expenses of the library, 1633 Walnut Boulevard, Ashtabula.

The levy will not raise taxes.

For nearly 90 years, the library and its facilities has been serving the educational and recreational needs of the Ashtabula harbor.

The Kingsville Public Library is looking for support for a 1.0-mill renewal levy on the November ballot. The five-year levy will be presented to voters in Kingsville Township, the Village of North Kingsville, and the portion of voters in the Buckeye Local School District who live in Sheffield and Monroe townships.

The levy will generate will help pay for the library’s current expenses.

Andover Public Library is seeking a five-year .5-mil tax levy to assist with operating costs.

Susan Hill, library director, said this is the first time the library has had a levy of its own, in which the funds will come directly to the Andover library for its operating expenses.

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