What is the Library asking for on the November 6 ballot?
We are seeking a five-year renewal of the existing .5-mill operating levy. The levy was first approved by Fairfield County voters in 2004 and was renewed in 2008 and 2013. This renewal would generate approximately $1.1 million annually, approximately 30% of the library’s overall revenue.
What is the proposed millage?
The proposed millage is a renewal of the current rate of .5-mills beginning January 1, 2019. It would generate the same amount of revenue as the current levy. This millage rate has been the same since 2004.
Will this raise my property taxes?
No. It is a renewal levy, so your taxes will be assessed at the same rate as 2013. With this renewal, Fairfield County homeowners will pay $16.72 per $100,000 of home value to support the Farfield County District Library.
How is the Fairfield County District Library funded?
In 2017, the Library received $3.8 million dollars from the following sources:
- State Public Library Fund: 66%
- Local Property Tax Levy: 30%
- Interest, Fines, Fees, and Gifts: 4%
How does the Library use the local property tax levy?
The levy is used to fund the general daily operations of the library system. This includes:
- Maintaining current hours of operation
- Providing core services, such as timely access to new books and movies, online research databases, and free educational programming for adults, teens, children, and families.