A 1.25-mill permanent levy to provide operations funding for the Pickerington Public Library appeared headed for passage lat Nov. 6.
As of 11:59 p.m. with all precincts reporting, Issue 4 was passing leading by a count of 12,052 votes (57.9 percent) to 8,747 (42.1 percent), according to unofficial results from the Fairfield County Board of Elections.The levy is just the second in the library system’s 111-year history.
In November 2009, voters approved a 10-year, 0.75-mill operating levy , which is the only ongoing local funding source for the library.
That levy expires at the end of 2019.
By passing Issue 4, voters agreed to renew the 0.75-mill levy and approved adding an additional 0.50 mills.
The 1.25-mill levy will be collected permanently. It is expected to generate $1.45 million annually to help fund operations, according to Tony Howard, library director.
In 2018, the library’s operating budget is approximately $2.21 million, according to Howard.
Homeowners within the Pickerington Local School District who pay $21.17 per year per $100,000 of home value for the existing library levy will see their annual taxes for the library rise to $38.67 when the new levy goes into effect Jan. 1, 2020, according to information provided by library officials.
Other unofficial results as of 11:14 p.m. Nov. 6 from the Fairfield County Board of Elections:
• Issue 5, a five-year renewal of a 0.5-mill levy for the Fairfield County District Library, was approved by a count of 21,231 (58.6 percent) to 14,990 (41.4 percent).
• Issue 6, a 10-year, 1-mill levy to be used for the acquisition, construction, renovation, financing, maintenance and operation of mental-health, alcohol and drug-addiction facilities for Fairfield County ADAMH, was narrowly approved. The tally was 28,804 (50.2 percent) for the levy, to 28562 (49.8 percent) against the levy.
• Issue 7, which sought a renewal of a 0.5-mill levy and passage of an additional 0.3 mill -- for a total of 0.8 mills -- to support services for adult residents ages 60 and older through Fairfield County Meals on Wheels, was winning by a wide margin, with 38,843 (67.5 percent) votes cast supporting the levy and 18,745 (32.5 percent) against it.