Worthington News

Residents invited to learn about libraries levy


Residents are invited to learn more about the Worthington Libraries' proposed 2.2-mill permanent replacement levy during a meeting at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

The levy will be on the ballots of all voters in the Worthington City School District on Nov.5.

It would replace an expiring 2.2-mill levy passed by voters in 1992. That levy, which will expire in 2014, is collecting at an effective rate of about 1.25 mills, which costs about $39.46 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

If passed, it will cost about another $37.44, for a total of $77 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

With the elimination of the homestead exemption in the state's budget, levies voted on in November are calculated in such a way that they cost a little more than with previous levies.

Under the former formula, this levy would have cost a total of $67.38 per $100,000 of assessed property value. Because of the homestead exemption's elimination, the levy would cost a total of $77.

The levy currently accounts for 22 percent of the library's annual revenue.

The meeting will be hosted by Citizens for Worthington Libraries, the committee supporting the levy. Presentations will be made by Worthington Libraries director Chuck Gibson and committee co-chairwomen Lynn Nadler and Beth Sommer.

For information about the levy, visit worthingtonlibraries. org. For campaign information, visit Citizens for Worthington Libraries' website at citizensforworthingtonlibraries.org.