Voters will decide on two local levy issues on the March 6 ballot.

Voters will decide on two local levy issues on the March 6 ballot.

The Upper Arlington Public Library is asking voters to renew a 2-mill, five-year operating levy (Issue 9), while the city of UA is seeking voter approval of a levy to pay its state-required portion of local police and fire department pensions (Issue 4).

The library's current levy, set to expire at the end of this year, would cost voters about $44.58 for every $100,000 of home value. With recent reductions in state funding, local millage makes up 54 percent of the library system's revenue.

Library officials have said approval of the levy is not expected to restore cuts in staff and library hours that have already been made to meet the budget, but should allow current operations to continue.

The library's operating levy was first passed at the 2-mill rate in 2002 and was renewed in 2007.

On the municipal front, voters who have pitched in to pay the city's portion of the police and fire department pensions for the past 35 years are being asked to do so again.

In general, that levy has run at a rate of about 1 mill. This year voters are being asked for 1.08 mills. Figuring the average home value in Upper Arlington at $300,000, that means the average cost increase for the homeowner would be from $86.85 annually to $99.78 annually.

Since the city is required by state law to pay this portion of safety service pensions, failure of the levy to pass this year would require that cuts be made in the general fund to meet the city's obligation.