Issue 3 Questions and Answers

Why is Elyria Public Library important to the community?

Elyria Public Library serves more than 63,000 residents in the Elyria and Keystone School Districts through five branch libraries and the Bookmobile. Last year there were more than 390,000 visits and demand for materials, programs and service continues to grow, with annual circulation of materials exceeding one million items.

What is Issue 3?

Elyria Public Library placed Issue 3, a 1.9 mill operating levy on the May 6 ballot. Issue 3 allows the Library to keep the quality materials, technology, programs and services our community needs and expects. Issue 3 provides half the Library’s annual operating budget and is the Library’s only local operating support.

Why is Issue 3 on the ballot in my community? We’ve never seen the library on the ballot before.

For years, Elyria Public Library has provided Elyria City School District and Keystone Local School District residents with excellent programs and services and the library will continue to do so. The State of Ohio recently enacted legislation that requires Elyria Public Library to have only one levy across its entire service area – the Elyria City and Keystone Local School Districts. If you live in either school district, you will see Issue 3 on your ballot.

How does Elyria Public Library manage public funds?

Elyria Public Library is an excellent steward of public funds. To operate more effectively and efficiently, EPL recently restructured personnel to offer more service hours with fewer personnel and renegotiated its vendor contracts. Even with Issue 3, EPL will continue to search for and execute cost-savings measures.

Why can’t Elyria Public Library make more cuts?

More budget cuts would devastate the services we provide to more than 63,000 residents. Residents use Elyria Public Library more than ever. Many families and residents rely on our libraries in their daily lives. Cuts would negatively impact them.

How much will Issue 3 cost?

This levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home less than $6 per month. If you live in Elyria, you already pay 1.9 mills for your library and you won’t pay more. If you live in LaGrange, the amount you pay monthly will increase by less than a dollar.

What will Issue 3 fund?

Funds from Issue 3 will continue programs and materials such as: Book, CD & DVD lending, Reference & Research resources, tools and assistance for jobseekers, access to computers and technology, Children’s programs & activities, CLEVNET and other services.

Where do I vote on Issue 3?

Polls are open on May 6 from 6:30 am – 7:30 pm. To find your voting location, click here. You can also vote by mail or vote early at the Board of Elections at 1985 N. Ridge Rd., East in Sheffield Township. To view their days and hours of operation, click here.