Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Grandview Heights Public Library's 2.2 mill replacement levy.

Voters Tuesday overwhelmingly approved the Grandview Heights Public Library's 2.2-mill replacement levy.

With all precincts reporting, the unofficial results show the levy receiving 1,688 votes or 77 percent. A total of 503 votes, or 23 percent, were cast against the measure.

Issue 5 is a replacement of the original 2.2 mill continuing levy approved in 1986. Due to rollback of millage rates, the 1986 levy is now being collected at an effective rate of .61 mills.

With the levy's passage, the millage would again be collected at the original rate of 2.2 mills.

The levy will generate about $368,000 in additional revenue, according to library officials.

When it goes into effect at the beginning of next year, the owner of a $200,000 home will pay about $8 per month or $96 a year more in property taxes.

"I'm very relieved and incredibly appreciative," library executive director Mary Ludlum said. "We're so appreciative of the support from the residents of Grandview and Marble Cliff."

For the levy to receive more than three-fourths approval during such a difficult economic time "is almost unbelievable," Ludlum said.

"This means we won't have to make further cuts that we were so fearful we would need to make," she said.

The levy's success represents "a real vote of confidence and an understanding of the changes we have had to make and have made," Ludlum said.

The levy's approval, another in a string of successful ballot measures, demonstrates that "Grandview and Marble Cliff love their library," said Michael Allardyce, who co-chaired the levy committee with his wife, Susan.

"I think it speaks loudly of what this community feels is important," he said. "The results are remarkable vis--vis the current economy."

State funding for libraries has been slashed and the Grandview Library has seen its state revenue reduced by 20 percent.

In response, the library made a number of budget cuts and opted to seek passage of a replacement levy.

The levy's passage "puts the library on a more solid footing," Allardyce said. "It doesn't mean it's all better, but it does mean we won't have to lay off any more people, cut any more hours or cut any more programs.

"We're just so thankful for the community's support," he said.