Downtown voters visit the Public Library on Walnut Street to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, in Hyde Park. Kareem Elgazzar | WCPO
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Voters approve Public Library Issue 1 levy, to keep operations funded

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CINCINNATI – The Hamilton County Library levy was passed in Tuesday’s election.

All precincts reported that the levy was approved. Those in favor of the tax outweighed those against it. It was approved by 80 percent on people at the polls.

The Issue 1 proposed to help Public Library keep operations and offset lost state funds. With continued local funding, about $181 million is expected to be produced over the next ten years.

The library levy is a renewal, so property owners will see no jump in their tax bills.

Now that it’s approved, the levy will go to the library’s operating expenses and maintenance. Various branches will keep their doors open while shelves will be stocked with new books.

About 33 percent of the library’s budget will come from the levy, while the state of Ohio will provide the rest.
 

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