Questions about the Portsmouth Public Library Renewal Levy
What we’re asking for:
The Library system is asking all Scioto County voters to approve a 5-year renewal of the Library’s one-mill levy. It’s the same levy you have now!
Will my taxes go up if the levy is renewed?
No. Since this is a renewal, your tax stays the same.
What is the tax rate now?
The current library levy costs a home owner $2.92 monthly if the home is valued at $100,000 . There would be NO CHANGE to the amount currently included in your property taxes.
What will you do with the funds should the levy pass?
- Continue to expand library services and digital resources
- Update the HVAC System at the Portsmouth building
- Upgrades to branch buildings
- Continue to expand all collections
- Continue to update technology
When is the last day to register to vote?
The voter registration for the November 5 general election is Monday, October 7. You can register here or at any Portsmouth Library location.
What did the Library do with the last levy?
- Expanded the collections
- Extended service hours at all branch locations
- $500,000 repairs to the South Webster Branch and $250,000 for pipe replacement in 1906 Portsmouth Carnegie building
- Increased offsite services via the Outreach Services Department to children and homebound/nursing home patrons
- Digital resources such as hoopla, Tumblebooks and Signing Savvy
- Upgraded technology, including Wi-Fi hotspots and special computers for young children
How much does the levy generate? The levy provides the Library with about 1/3 of the annual budget.
What happens if the levy renewal request is turned down? The levy constitutes 1/3 of the Library’s budget. Other than the state’s Public Library Fund, other sources of funding for public libraries are not available. Therefore, cuts in library services would be required.