Asking for more money in a down economy is never easy. For the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, however, it's absolutely necessary, according to executive director Patrick Losinski.

Asking for more money in a down economy is never easy.

For the Columbus Metropolitan Library system, however, it's absolutely necessary, according to executive director Patrick Losinski.

The library is seeking a 2.8-mill property-tax levy on the Nov. 2 ballot in an effort to restore the system's annual estimated budget to about $58-million. That figure includes anticipated state funding.

The levy, which will appear on the ballot as Issue 4, would replace a 2.2-mill levy that expires this year. It would cost Franklin County residents a total of $86 a year for every $100,000 of assessed property valuation. The 0.6-mill increase would mean an additional $63 more per year. The levy would give residents access to 3-million items in the system, Losinski said.

Losinski said library officials have demonstrated good fiscal stewardship, as state funding has been cut back to mid-1990s levels.

"There's been a lot of reduction, and we certainly hear it from the public," he said. "And we have fewer materials and staff to assist them."

Read the full story in the Sept. 30 edition of ThisWeek Community Newspapers.