On May 5, voters will decide Issue 4, the Upper Arlington Public Library's 0.99-mill, $25-million levy.

On May 5, voters will decide Issue 4, the Upper Arlington Public Library's 0.99-mill, $25-million levy.

Library officials say the funds generated by the levy will provide for the rehab of the main and Lane Road branches to address safety, mechanical and energy-efficiency issues.

If voters approve the levy, the main branch (2800 Tremont Road) will add 34,000 square feet by constructing a second floor above the current children's section. The Lane Road branch (1945 Lane Road) will gain 3,000 square feet, adding more quiet reading and study space and computer workstations.

Other plans for the main branch include:

Meeting and auditorium space with exterior doors, for use when the library is not open. An expanded reference department that will be combined with the adult section. A new children's section with age-appropriate layout and shelving. A new teen space with teen-oriented technology and furniture. A patron lounge with vending machines.

Based on the average residential property value of $300,000 in Upper Arlington, the bond levy is expected to cost the average UA homeowner $105 annually.

Also on the May 5 ballot is Issue 1, the Franklin County Metro Parks levy. The 0.75-mill levy includes a 0.65-mill replacement levy plus an additional 0.10 of a mill.

The Metro Parks system includes 15 parks that encompass 23,500 acres of land and water in seven central Ohio counties. Metro Parks officials say passage of the levy will contribute to maintenance of current parks and add up to three new parks and 50 miles of trails over the next 10 years.