Voters approved a 1.5 mill levy for Wright Memorial Public Library with 67 percent voting in favor of the measure.
April 28, 2020
"We are very pleased to have the support of the Oakwood community," said Library Director Kristi Hale. "We did not take this issue lightly; we know Oakwood taxes are high, and taxpayers deserve and expect a high return on investment. Now, amidst this unprecedented health crisis, we will need this local tax support more than ever as we face a new round of decreases in state funding."
The 1.5 mill levy will provide Wright Library with needed funds of approximately $475,000 per year to continue offering quality materials, services, staff, and programs.
"This levy will allow us to maintain our 4-Star services as well as repair and update our facility to make it more accessible, efficient, and usable," Hale said. "We are very excited to make our great library even better!"
Wright Library is one of the most-used libraries of its size in America. Awarded a coveted 4-Star rating by Library Journal in 2019 and attracting 150,000 visitors per year, Wright Library’s usage ranks in the top 1% nationally compared to other libraries of similar size.
Vote totals. April 28, 2020 Source: Montgomery County Board of Elections
1,577 Voted for the Tax Levy
749 Voted Against the Tax Levy
A vision for the future, rooted in tradition
Wright Memorial Public Library, now celebrating its 80th anniversary, is one of the most-used libraries in America. Awarded a coveted 4-Star rating by Library Journal in 2018 and attracting 150,000 visitors per year, Wright Library’s usage ranks in the top 1% nationally compared to other libraries of similar size.
While there is ever-higher demand for local library resources and materials that are accessible to all, technology to meet the needs of today’s workplace, educational programming, and highly trained staff – Wright Library operates today with less annual revenue than it received in 2009.
In the Ohio Primary Election, Oakwood voters will vote upon a 1.5 mill levy will provide Wright Library with needed funds of approximately $475,000 per year to continue offering quality materials, services, staff, and programs.
UPDATE: The Ohio General Assembly has put in place a plan that will allow all Ohioans to continue voting by mail until April 28. Learn more about how to vote if you have not voted yet.
Levy funds will be used for operations as well as essential infrastructure repairs and replacements and some modest updates, phased over time without increasing the building’s footprint, which would improve comfort and usability for Oakwood’s library users. These operating and facility priorities include:
• Ample materials in multiple formats to meet the needs of different types of learners and users
• Quality, well-trained staff
• Early literacy programs and outreach with local preschools, Oakwood City Schools, and private schools
• Book deliveries and other services for homebound, elderly, and disabled residents
• Technology tools for today and tomorrow’s workforce and personal needs
• Repairs and upgrades to the library’s infrastructure
• Improvements in accessibility, with ADA and family-friendly restrooms, updated walkways, and parking
• Modest improvements to usability and comfort of the building, including updated spaces for children, teens, and technology
• Efficiency upgrades that will reduce operating costs
A Community Conversation
The Library Board, administration, and staff are committed to providing high quality, affordable library services and safeguarding this Oakwood legacy for generations to come. The levy will ensure continuity of exceptional services, take care of essential facility repairs, and allow for modest updates that will better serve today and tomorrow’s users.
Read on to learn more about our stewardship, history, and building needs. We welcome your questions; please contact Kristi Hale, Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937-250-6824. You can also subscribe for updates.
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