Voters in Tuscarawas County approved the Newcomerstown Public Library’s replacement levy Tuesday.
"I‘m very happy and relieved," Newcomerstown Public Library Director Linda Hren said.
Voters approved the measure 58 to 41 percent.
The levy is for five-years, 2.5-mills and will be used for general operating expenses of the library. This levy will replace the 1-mill levy that was first passed in 1985.
Now that the levy has been approved by voters, plans to restore services and programs that were cut earlier this year will be re-implemented. Some of the plans include: Restore morning, evening and Saturday hours; restore three staff positions; expand programming for children and adults (including additional pre-school story hours, adult programs and computer classes); resume purchasing materials in all formats (including large print, audio books, e-books and DVDs); re-instate 50 percent of magazine subscriptions canceled due to recent cuts; purchase databases accessible from home computers; replace outdated computers and equipment; and maintain and repair building and grounds.
However, funds from the levy will not be available until 2012 when the levy is officially collecting revenue. But items such as extended hours, more programs, etc. will start to return as early as next year.
"It’s definitely a positive note," said Matt Leonard, chairman of the library’s levy committee. "We’ll take it one step at a time. This (levy) will keep things going for a while."
More than a dozen board of trustee members, Friends of the Library and levy committee members watched election result coverage in the Newcomerstown Library Annex Tuesday.
"We’re all very, very happy," Hren said.