On Tuesday, November 2, residents in Washington Township and Centerville will vote on a 3.0 mills levy renewal for the Washington-Centerville Public Library.
Local levy support currently funds 66% of the Library’s total operating budget, and is necessary to maintain the superior service our community expects. Without it, our Library will suffer, as will the quality of life in Centerville and Washington Township.
With conservative fiscal planning and budget reductions, the Library has been able to withstand fluctuations in state funding.
Since the last levy in 2011, the Library has added numerous new materials, provided programming opportunities for all ages, and enhanced both facilities, including the renovation and expansion of Woodbourne Library, without having to ask for additional tax dollars.
The Board of Trustees understand that this levy is essential, and believe in the Library’s long history of being careful stewards of tax dollars. Therefore, it was unanimously approved to place a renewal levy of 3.0 mills for a continuous period of time on the November 2 ballot.
Thank you for taking the time to inform yourself about this important issue.
President, 2021 Library Board of Trustees
Q. When will the Washington-Centerville Public Library levy be on the ballot?
A: Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Q: Who can vote on the levy?
A: Any registered voter in Centerville or Washington Township. You must register by October 4th to vote in the November 2nd election. Voter registration is available at the Library, or online.
Q: What is the levy duration and millage?
A: 3.0 mills renewal levy, for a continuous period of time, with income starting in 2022.
Q: Was the Library recently on the ballot?
A: No, the Library has not asked voters for additional money since the current 3.0 mills levy was passed in 2011.
Q: For what will the levy income be used?
A: The 3.0 mills renewal levy will support current operating expenses. Without this revenue, Library services will be drastically reduced.
Q: How much more per month will the levy cost the owner of a Centerville or Washington Township home?
A: $0 – The renewal levy will NOT cost homeowners any more than they are currently paying for the Library.
Q: How much do citizens pay for the current Library levy?
A: The owner of a home assessed at $100,000 currently pays $6.19 / month, or $74.23 / annually. Centerville-Washington Township residents ONLY pay for the Washington-Centerville Public Library levy. They do not pay for other library levies, such as Dayton Metro Library.
Q: How much money will the proposed levy generate for the Library annually?
A: $5,167,279 (approximately 66% of operating revenues). Levy income provides a stable source of ongoing revenue. State funding, which is more volatile due to budget cuts and periodic downturns in the economy, accounts for 31%.
Q: Does the Library have any additional sources of revenue beyond state/local taxes?
A: In addition to the local operating levy and state funding, the Library actively seeks private funding to support special projects above and beyond normal operating expenses. Since 2011, more than $750,000 in grants and private donations have been secured.
Q: Does the Library get more revenue when property values increase?
A: No. According to the Montgomery County Auditor, the increase in property values does not generate more revenue for the Library. The amount the Library receives remains the same. The effective millage rate adjusts to reflect changes in property values. Learn How Your Property Tax is Calculated.
Q: WCPL is a "school district library". What does that mean?
A: Per Ohio Revised Code, that simply means the Centerville City Schools is the Library’s "taxing authority". The school district must put issues on the ballot on behalf of the Library, because the Library cannot legally do so. It also means the Library’s primary service district mirrors that of the school district, and the Board of Education must appoint proposed Library Trustees after they have been vetted and selected by the Library Board of Trustees. 148 of Ohio’s 251 public libraries are school district libraries.
Q: Is the Library run by the Centerville City Schools?
A: No, Washington-Centerville Public Library is a separate, independently run entity from the Centerville City Schools. The Library has its own seven-member, policy-making Board of Trustees, separate state and local funding sources, and operates under the direction of the Library Director and management.
Q: Who do I contact with questions about the Library levy?
A: Contact Library Director, Liz Fultz at 937-610-4420.