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All Ohio library levies pass
Many cities across Ohio had library levies on their ballot this Election Day and they all passed. 
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN
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Tax levies are not always popular with Ohio voters, but if they’re for libraries, they are an exception. In fact, the 15 local library levies on Tuesday’s ballot all passed.

Doug Evans is director of the Ohio Library Council, which represents 251 libraries. He says this election’s 100 percent approval rate follows in the footsteps of other library levies from the past few years, when the approval rate wasn’t perfect but was still high.

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 “Anywhere from 77 to 80 percent, to 86 percent to 95 percent in the last few years. The message is that the majority of the communities throughout the state are willing to provide the financial support that public libraries need to serve their community.”

The number of local tax proposals to benefit Ohio libraries have steadily risen since 2009. That’s when legislators cut back on state aide to libraries.

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