Public Libraries Facing Funding Reductions on Two Fronts: State and Federal

Governor and House Propose Cuts to the Public Library Fund

Governor's budget proposal to reduce the Public Library Fund (PLF) from 1.7% to 1.66% of the State's General Revenue Fund (GRF) receipts was accepted by the House. On Monday, June 12, the Senate released its version of the bill with a compromise for public libraries, which sets the PLF at 1.68% of the GRF. This version of the budget, which includes many other changes made by the Senate, now goes into the conference process through which the Senate works with the House leadership and the Governor's office to finalize a bill prior to the Governor's signature.

We appreciate the Senate's support, whose leadership recognized that investing in Ohio's public libraries is money well spent for the people of our great state. Ohio's public libraries are widely recognized as among the top performing and most heavily utilized in our nation. State funding helps to make this possible.

The PLF accounts for 33% of Wadsworth Public Library's annual operating revenue. This funding source provides general revenue to the Library that supports operating hours, collections of books and other circulating materials, investments in technology. 

Every $1 entrusted in Ohio's public libraries produces an estimated $5.48 return on investment. Conversely, the $7 million reduction in state funding to Ohio's public libraries will result in over $38 million in lost value to taxpayers in our state.

If you would like to voice your opinion on issue, now is the time to contact your Senator.

Contact State Senator Larry Obhof

Contact State Congressman Steve Hambley

Or find your Ohio legislative representatives

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         

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