Delaware County voters approved a pair of community-oriented levies on Election Day, including one that will see a new library built in the Powell area.
Voters gave the thumbs-up to the Delaware County District Library’s levy, which will provide various funding and a new Powell library, and a permanent operating levy for the Delaware County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
With all 159 precincts reporting Nov. 6, the library levy won 42,640 votes to 23,833, or 64 to 36 percent, according to final, unofficial results from the Delaware County Board of Elections.
The developmental disabilities levy won 56,395 votes to 34,171, or 62 to 38 percent, according to unofficial results.
The 1-mill levy renewal for the library is expected to raise about $5 million in 2018, and will allow the library to pay off its branch in Orange Township and replace the Powell branch’s building within two years.
Library Director George Needham said the library’s “conservative” fiscal policies have put the system in a good position.
“Much of what we’ve saved is intended to pay off the notes for the Orange branch library,” he said in July. “Since that conservative stewardship has gone forward and we do have the reserve that we do, we will be able to move forward quickly with the new branch for the Powell-Liberty Township area.”
The board of developmental disabilities’ 0.4-mill permanent operating levy is expected to raise about $3.1 million per year, and was expected to cost county homeowners $14 annually per $100,000 in property valuation when collection starts in 2019.
In August, board Superintendent Kristine Hodge said the levy is part of a plan to reduce millage in 2020 by letting a 0.56-mill levy expire. That levy currently costs homeowners $16.36 a year for each $100,000 in home valuation.
Hodge said the levy was necessary to help the board continue to offer services to a growing population.
“There are over 2,500 people in our community that rely on our services,” Hodge said. “This number is increasing at an average rate of 3 percent each year. If we were to lose any of our funding sources due to a failed levy or change in federal funding, the board would need to assess our current services and make adjustments that will impact the way we support people.”