Issue 49

Book it: Grandview library levy wins handily


The Grandview Heights Public Library’s 2.5-mill replacement levy passed by a wide margin Tuesday, Nov. 6.

With eight of eight precincts reporting, unofficial results from the Franklin County Board of Elections showed Issue 49 passing with 3,456 votes, or about 79 percent. A total of 895 votes, or about 21 percent, were cast against the levy.

The measure will generate about $723,000 a year for the library and cost homeowners 38 cents more per month for each $100,000 of their homes’ appraised values.

The levy is a replacement of the five-year levy voters approved in 2007, which expires at the end of this year.

“We feel very pleased and very relieved,” library Director Mary Ludlum said. “We are grateful at the level of confidence in the library the community is showing. When you get this kind of support in the community, it makes you feel humble.”

The levy’s passage “is another example of the outstanding community we live in,” said Michael Allardyce, who served as co-chairman of the library levy committee with his wife, Susan.

“The twin cities of Grandview and Marble Cliff know the library as ground zero for community togetherness,” he said. “Director Ludlum and the entire staff earned this victory and the response from the community with the wonderful job they do every day.”

Issue 49’s passage will allow the library to maintain its current level of service “and to continue to do what the Grandview library has always done, which is to keep moving and changing while keeping our expenditures under control,” Ludlum said.

That has been a bigger challenge with reductions in state funding for libraries and another biennium state budget coming next year, she said.

“We’ve just very grateful and very thankful for the community’s support,” Ludlum said.