State Funding Set, Federal Cuts Looming

Governor Signs Budget with Minimized Cuts

Governor Kasich signed the 2017-18 biennial budget into law on June 30 with the Public Library Fund (PLF) set at 1.68% of the General Revenue Fund (GRF), down from 1.7% in the prior year's budget. The Governor's initial budget set the PLF at 1.66% of the GRF and was affirmed in the House version of the bill. The Senate introduced the comprimise funding level of 1.68%.

We are grateful for the support of Ohio lawmakers and the Governor's office.

Ohio's public libraries are a source of great value for Ohio taxpayers. A recent study found that each $1 invested in Ohio's public libraries returns an estimated $5.48 in value to our state.

President Trump Proposes Elimination of Institute of Museum and Libraries Services Department

While Wadsworth Public Library doesn't receive direct aid from the Federal Government, numerous statewide collaborations, particularly those organized around shared technological resources, e-books, digital content, databases and other services, would be significantly impacted by the elimination of Institute of Museum and Library Services.

What will this mean for Wadsworth Public Library? The potential for significant increases in costs associated with e-books, web-based career development programs, databases, and a myriad of other services offered through our partnership with the State Library of Ohio, OPLIN (Ohio Public Library Information Network)

Learn more, here.

If you would like to voice your opinion on this issue, now is the time to contact the President of the United States, your Senators and Congressional Representatives.

Contact President Trump

Contact Senator Sherrod Brown

Contact Senator Rob Portman

Contact Congressman Jim Renacci

Or look up your Congressional Representative here         

Library Services Provided in 2016