Library Board of Trustees approves resolution to seek a levy this November

Library seeking 1.5 mill additional levy

COLUMBUS—The Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) Board of Trustees earlier today approved a resolution granting Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) permission to seek a 1.5 mill additional continuing levy on the ballot during the upcoming general election on Nov. 7.

In 2010, Franklin County voters approved a 2.8 mill continuing levy.

“We committed to Franklin County voters in 2010 that we would not return to them for additional levy funds for a minimum of 10 years,” said CML CEO Patrick Losinski. “Strong fiscal stewardship has stretched that funding 13 years – 30% beyond our promise to voters. If approved, this additional 1.5 mill levy will enable us to make continued investments in materials, resources, technology, programs and facilities.”

If approved, the resulting tax would generate $39,065,000 during the first year of collection. The 1.5 mills amounts to $53 for each $100,000 of the County Auditor’s appraised value.

Columbus Metropolitan Library, celebrating 150 years in 2023, has served the people of Franklin County, Ohio since 1873. With its Main Library and 22 branches, CML is well known for signature services and programs like School Help, Reading Buddies, Summer Reading Challenge and Ready for Kindergarten. The library’s Strategic Plan supports the vision of “a thriving community where wisdom prevails,” which positions CML to respond to areas of urgent need: kids unprepared for kindergarten, third grade reading proficiency, high school graduation, college and career readiness and employment resources.


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