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Supporters of the McKinley Memorial Library hope voters will understand its need for more money and support a 1.5-mill levy on Election Day.
The levy is expected to raise $391,000 a year for the next five years. It would be used to resume the majority of services the library has been reducing over the last two years. The Trumbull County Auditor’s Office said the tax would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an additional $45.94 in property taxes.
“A couple years ago we had a budget of about $1.1 million,” library Director Patrick Finan said. “Next year, we are projecting a $700,000 budget.”
The library receives the majority of its funding from the state, which – due to its own budget woes – has been reducing funding to public libraries statewide.
Finan estimates the state will have an $8 billion budget shortfall next year, and he expects state funding to libraries to continue to erode.
“We’ve lost about 30 percent of our library funding in the last several years,” he said.
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