Marysville Public Library

With levy OK, Sunday hours may be restored


Marysville residents approved a 1.5-mill library levy Nov. 5 by a wide margin, according to unofficial figures from the Union County Board of Elections.

The levy garnered 3,582 favorable votes (68.40 percent) and 1,655 votes against (31.60 percent.)

New library director Randy Matlow said the outcome is definitely good news.

“I’m really excited. It takes a weight off my shoulders and allows us to keep moving forward,” he said.

Matlow said the biggest need is to restore Sunday hours, which were cut several years ago when state support for libraries was reduced. He said the new levy does not give the library a lot of extras, just the basics to maintain existing programs and make small improvements.

This levy replaces the current 1-mill levy for the library which began in 2004. It was replaced in November of 2008.

The current five-year levy expires Dec. 31, but the funds will actually be paid through the end of 2014, according to Denise Birkhoff, head of patron services for the library.

The existing levy is being collected at a rate of 0.983 mills, which costs $34.44 a year per $100,000 of home valuation. The new replacement levy raises the annual collection to $52.50 a year.

The levy provides 54 percent of the library’s funding. The state provides for close to 40 percent of library funds.

Birkhoff said the other 6 percent comes from grants, investments, fines and donations.