Library Levy 2024

The Westerville Public Library will be asking for a 0.75-mill additional operating levy during the general election on November 5, 2024. This is the library’s first request for a tax increase in 13 years.  

“Strong fiscal stewardship has allowed us to maintain our current funding levels since 2011,” says Erin Francoeur, Executive Director of the Westerville Public Library. “But as library usage continues to increase, we are steadily outgrowing our spaces. We are also facing challenges like inflation and costs related to aging facilities. This additional levy will allow us to expand access and make continued investments in our collections and services.” 

The 0.75 mill additional levy amounts to $26 annually for each $100,000 of the County Auditor’s appraised value. 


How is the library currently funded?  

Property taxes are the main source of revenue for the library. The residents of the Westerville City School District passed a continuing 2.0 mill property tax levy in 2011.  

Additional revenue is composed of the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund.  For details, visit the Financial Dashboard.  

Note: Millage is the unit of measurement used in determining property taxes where 1 mill is equal to $1 in property tax levied per $1,000 of a property's assessed value.  

How much will the additional levy cost?  

The 0.75 mill additional levy would cost residents $26 annually per $100,000 home value starting on January 1, 2025.  

You can calculate the cost based on your home value with your county auditor’s levy estimator: Delaware County or Franklin County.  

Why does the library need additional income?  

The library's costs have increased but our revenue generated from the 2011 levy has not changed since it was passed 13 years ago.  

Chart that shows steady decrease of library funding without levy
Chart shows library funding with .75 mill addition

How can the library use this additional income?  

Operating levy revenue can be used for operations or capital improvements.  

Who is eligible to vote for this levy?  

Registered voters who live within the Westerville City School District.  

Wait, aren't you merging with Columbus Metropolitan Library?

No. Although the Westerville Public Library will be joining CLC later this year, we will remain an independent library with the same service district and funding structure. Learn more.

What about the proposed merger between the City of Westerville and Harlem Township?  

The proposed merger will not affect the library’s current budget or service area. Learn more. 

How do I vote?  

Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2024. Learn more.  

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