Wright Memorial Public Library will host four community information sessions about the upcoming operations levy.
The meetings are scheduled for the following dates:
7 p.m. Jan. 29
7 p.m. Feb. 11
7 p.m. Feb. 27
10:30 a.m. Feb. 29
The information meetings will be held at Wright Library and are open to the public. Wright Library staff and trustees will share information about the library’s operating needs and the levy on the March 17 ballot.
Wright Library is seeking additional revenue through a 1.5 mill levy on the March 17 ballot to offset a decade of reductions in state funding, combined with rising costs of materials, wages, healthcare, and facility maintenance.
With no increase in local tax support since 2009, Wright Library operates with less revenue today than it received in 2008. Beginning in 2020, revenues will fall short of operating expenses.
Without additional levy funds, operational expenses and building maintenance and repairs are expected to deplete the library’s reserves by 2024.
The levy will protect the library services that Oakwood values – a community gathering place with ample collections, technology access and instruction, educational programming, school outreach, and homebound delivery service. The levy will also maintain Wright Library’s historic building with infrastructure repairs and needed updates to make the library more accessible, efficient, and comfortable.