Saturday, November 2nd, 2013
By Shelley Grieshop
County voters asked to renew district's 0.5-mill library levy
Election November 2013
  CELINA - Voters in the Celina, St. Henry and Marion Local school districts, Union Township and the village of Mendon on Tuesday will decide a 0.5-mill renewal levy to support the county's library system.
If passed, the five-year levy would collect $276,622 annually. The owner of a $100,000 home would continue to pay approximately $17.50 per year in taxes.
The levy first passed in 2009 and was the first ever sought since the library district became a legal entity in 1907. The levy dollars replaced the 25 percent cut in funding by the state and allowed the libraries in Celina, Maria Stein, St. Henry and Mendon to reinstate hours, manpower and services previously slashed.
"It helped us maintain our efforts before the state cuts," Mercer County District Public Library Director Austin R. Schneider said of the levy.
He called the renewal "vital" to operations. The library district strives to be more available to the public by gearing programs and equipment to all patrons, Schneider said.
"We're always doing something. Right now we have 15 computers with Internet access and I think we probably could use more," he said.
The district library is administered by a seven-member board of trustees. Four are appointed by county commissioners and three by the common pleas court judge.
According to the levy committee, more than 27,300 books were borrowed in 2012 at all four libraries. Also last year, nearly 62,500 media were loaned, 21,655 computer hours were logged and 738 programs were held at all venues.

Correction:
The article incorrectly listed the number of books borrowed from all county libraries in 2012. The total is 273,663.
The error was made in reporting.
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