Voters in the Genoa and Elmore areas showed strong support for the Harris-Elmore Public Library, passing a levy request Tuesday by more than a 22 percent margin: 2,799 – for to 1,782 – against, according to unofficial results.
The 1.1-mill levy will generate about $250,000 a year and marks the first time the library, which is based in Elmore and has a branch in Genoa, has gone to voters for local millage.
Georgiana Huizenga, library director, said the library’s board of trustees will meet Monday to discuss restoration of services that have been cut due to budgetary constraints.
Cuts in state funding resulted in the hours at both libraries being reduced by a third.
With revenues from the levy not being collected until February, however, hours are not likely to be restored until after the first of the year, Huizenga said.
She credited the efforts of volunteers who promoted the levy.
“I am very proud of the communities of Elmore and Genoa coming together to pass the first ever library levy,” she said. “Two communities: one library system. We are very grateful to all of our supporters and to the levy committee that worked so hard. We are very excited that we will be better able to serve our patrons.”
Woodmore levy falls
Voters in the Woodmore School District weren’t so receptive to an emergency request for 2.99 mills, which fell by a familiar pattern – passing in the Ottawa County portion of the district but falling in the Sandusky County portion.
In Ottawa County, the levy passed: 705-for to 684-against, according to unofficial results, while in Sandusky County it fell: 831-against to 717-for.
Kevin Slates, district treasurer, said the pattern reflects the results of recent ballot issues.
“We would welcome any comments on why that is,” he said.
The Woodmore school board is scheduled to meet Nov. 16 to discuss the results and plan for spending cuts and another possible ballot measure, Slates said.