A proposed budget by Ohio Governor Ted Strickland would cut 227.3 million dollars for public libraries in the state. See the full story from the American Library Association’s magazine, American Libraries.
Ohio is unique in that that many of the library systems rely heavily on state funding for operating costs, instead of local tax levies. The Lane Public Library gets 95% of its funding from the state, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County derives 86% of its budget from state funding.
Nothing has been finalized, and local supporters have been flooding their legislators with emails regarding the proposed cuts. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is going to try and put a tax levy on the ballot this November. Stay tuned!
Here are some links about library funding, and the tough times that library organizations are facing:
Ohio Public Library Funding History (PDF) – from the Ohio Library Council.
Unlike Public Libraries, OhioLINK faces smaller budget cuts – from Library Journal.
OCLC launching library support campaign – from Columbus Business First