The Delaware County commissioners are scheduled to resume talks at their Feb. 9 meeting on a proposed May levy for the Delaware County District Library system.

The Delaware County commissioners are scheduled to resume talks at their Feb. 9 meeting on a proposed May levy for the Delaware County District Library system.

The deadline for passing a resolution and filing it with the board of elections is Feb. 19, according to Aric Hochstettler, Delaware assistant prosecuting attorney.

Commissioners also have discussed a proposed levy for a countywide early warning system. Further discussion of that plan is yet to be scheduled, said commission president Tommy Thompson said.

County officials have said some questions about sirens need to be answered. They include the type of sirens that would be used and the cost of installing the system.

"The other thing we must look at is the systems that are already in place in the city of Delaware, Galena and other places, and how we can incorporate them within what we' re doing without harming those taxpayers," Thompson said.

The cost of the election also must be factored in, Thompson said.

Because no countywide races will be on the May 5 ballot, the cost of a levy election must be borne by those putting issues on the ballot.

In precincts where both issues would appear, the county and the library board would split the cost.

The total cost of the election for the county would be somewhere between $50,000 and $80,000 depending on what else is on the ballot, according to Janet Brenneman, director of the Delaware County Board of Elections.

Brenneman said when she met with Delaware County administrator Dave Cannon recently, she recommended the county wait until the November general election. More issues and candidates appear on the ballot then, and the cost to the county and library would be significantly reduced, she said.

An August 2008 special election for the city of Delaware's income tax and the senior services levy cost $100,000, Brenneman said, and fewer than 10 percent of the eligible voters went to the polls.

Special elections don't attract many voters, so very few people "make decisions that affect all taxpayers," Brenneman said.

The library board is asking the commissioners for a one-mill, 10-year levy that would raise about $4.7-million a year and would cost the owner of a home valued at $100,000 for tax purposes an additional $30.60 a year.

The money would pay to build a new 30,000-square-foot branch library in Orange Township, expand hours of operation at the main library and in Ostrander, and renovate the branch in Powell.