Wednesday , 12 May 2021

Lorain Public Library System on May 4 Ballot

The Lorain Public Library System has two levies on the May 4 ballot, one in Lorain and one in Sheffield Lake. Both are renewal levies, not new taxes.

In Lorain, it is a renewal of the current 5.95 mills passed in 2016, which represents 95% of the operating budgets for both the Main Library and South Lorain branch. It will cost $15.87 per month for the owner of a home in the Lorain City School District valued at $100,000.

In Sheffield Lake, it is a renewal of the current 2.95 mills passed in 2016, which represents 83% of the operating revenue for the Domonkas Branch. The levy will cost $7.80 per month for the owner of a home valued at $100,000.

Both levies expire every five years and are necessary to maintain the current levels of service and staff. By law, all funds raised by the levies must go to support the operations in that school district – the Lorain funds stay in Lorain and the Domonkas funds stay in Sheffield Lake.

If the levies pass, programming for all ages will continue and the current level of staff and hours of service will be maintained, including morning, evening and Saturday hours at all branches and seasonal Sunday hours at the South Lorain branch.

Regular purchases of new library materials will continue so that the physical and electronic collection of books, DVDs and more will have the most up to date items available with short or no wait times.

Computer access and Internet resources will be maintained as well as individual tech assistance and assistance for job seekers.

For more information on how Lorain Public Library System libraries are funded and a partial list of what LPLS has done with these funds as well as additional grant funds, visit LorainPublicLibrary.org.

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