With this levy, our library can…

Continue programs for children to help them learn to read and succeed in school.

Maintain service to homebound, elderly, and disabled residents.

Update books, reference materials, CDs, DVDs, and other materials.

Keep community libraries open and the staff needed to help and serve our patrons.

Over 10,000 children participate in our reading programs—and the number grows every year.

Voter Information

Voting begins October 7, 2014.

Election Day is November 4, 2014.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

All voters must bring identification to the polls in order to cast a regular ballot on Election Day.

Voter registration forms are available at all Greene County Public Library locations. You can also visit the Greene County Board of Elections website for a list of additional voter registration locations or to download a voter registration form.

You can update your voting address online at MyOhioVote.com.

The deadline to register to vote or update your voting address is Monday, October 6.

You can confirm your voter registration status online by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State’s website.

You can find your polling location by visiting the Greene County Board of Elections website and entering your address.

Yes. All Ohio voters are eligible to vote early by mail by requesting an absentee ballot.

For this election, all Ohio voters will be mailed an application for an absentee ballot. To receive your absentee ballot, fill out the application, sign it, and return it to:

Greene County Board of Elections
551 Ledbetter Rd.
Xenia, OH 45385

Absentee ballots will be mailed to those voters who request them beginning September 20 for military and overseas voters and October 7 for all other voters.

The Greene County Board of Elections must receive your completed application no later than noon on Saturday, November 1, but you should submit your application as far in advance of the election as possible. This ensures sufficient time for the Board of Elections to mail you a ballot and for you to complete and return that ballot.

By U.S. Mail: Your completed ballot must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 3, and received by the Board of Elections no later than November 14.

In person: Either you or an eligible family member must deliver your completed ballot to the Board of Elections office no later than 7:30 p.m. on November 4—Election Day. Absentee ballots cannot be returned to your regular polling location.

Yes. You can walk in, request your absentee ballot, and vote in person—in the same visit—beginning October 7 at the Greene County Board of Elections at 551 Ledbetter Road, Xenia.

In-person absentee voting hours for the November election can be found on the Greene County Board of Elections website.

62% of all Greene County residents have a library card.

Frequently Asked Questions

Since 2008, state funding to our library has been reduced by more than $6 million—while we’ve also experienced a significant increase in cardholders and record-breaking circulation. Our state funding is expected to decrease by another 20% over the next ten years. State funding represents nearly half our library’s budget, so these reductions in funding have had a substantial impact.

Greene County Public Library’s levy on the November 4, 2014, ballot is a renewal of the library’s existing 1-mill levy, plus a small increase of 0.9 mills.

Over the last five years, our library has worked hard to reduce our expenses significantly, including reducing staff by more than 15% (through attrition) and reducing operating hours. We’ve managed to sustain programs and services by carefully monitoring expenditures and drawing from our savings. However, within the next two years the library’s savings will be completely depleted.

The cost to property owners with this levy would be about $2.60 more per month per $100,000 in home value.

This levy would begin in 2015, with property tax bills first being impacted in 2016.

This levy would be for a continuing period of time rather than a fixed period of years. Our library is busier than ever—and our cardholders, children’s programs, and other services have continued to grow. A continuing levy will provide stability in long-term planning, sustain the library’s only local support, keep our community libraries open, and help meet growing demand.

Only about 2% of our funding comes from fines and fees, and this levy represents more than half of our annual budget. Fines and fees would have to be raised to an unrealistic point to replace such a significant amount of funding.

To help residents keep pace in this changing world, our library is busier than ever. In fact, 62% of all Greene County residents have a library card, and library users borrow more than 3 million items a year from our library. Residents of all ages use our public computers and Internet access to find jobs, access information, and do schoolwork. Homebound, elderly, and disabled residents depend on our book delivery service, and tens of thousands of children use our library every year for reading programs and schoolwork.

About 19% of our total annual budget is spent on all library materials (books, reference materials, digital collections, CDs, DVDs, etc.). Library staff continuously adjust how this money is spent based on patron demand and user trends. When it is a more cost-effective choice, we often utilize local vendors to purchase library materials. We also work together with other library systems to provide our residents with access to a shared, robust collection of digital library materials which helps stretch our budget.

Approximately 60% of the library’s expenditures are for staff compensation. As we’ve adapted to the losses in state funding, we’ve reduced our staff by over 15% through attrition since 2008—despite experiencing record-breaking circulation.

The library has not asked local taxpayers to approve any additional funding in ten years. The last time Greene County Public Library was on the ballot was in 2009, and that was for a renewal levy. This levy is a renewal of that 1-mill levy, plus a small increase (0.9 mill). This is Greene County Public Library’s only levy.

With this levy, our library can maintain programs for children to help them learn to read and succeed in school; continue service to homebound, elderly, and disabled residents; update books, reference materials, CDs, DVDs, and other materials; keep community libraries open; and maintain the library staff needed to help and serve our patrons.

This levy represents more than half of our library’s annual budget. The reality is that the loss of that amount of funding will have an immediate and drastic negative impact. Our library will have to cut staff, close locations, reduce hours, decrease programs and services, and limit new library materials. Additional, future cuts likely will follow based on the projected dwindling of state funding in the next ten years.

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