Cuyahoga Falls Library will have renewal levy on fall ballot

The library’s levy generates $1.374 million per year, or 48 percent of the facility’s revenues

APRIL HELMS and PHIL KEREN
Reporters
Kent Weeklies

CUYAHOGA FALLS – Cuyahoga Falls residents and and Silver Lake residents who live in the Cuyahoga Falls City School District will have the chance to vote on a 1.9-mill renewal levy for the Cuyahoga Falls Library.

The Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education unanimously passed legislation requesting the Summit County Board of Elections to place the renewal on the Nov. 3 ballot at its July 15 meeting. This was the second of two steps needed to place the levy on the general election ballot.

Laura Searle, the library’s fiscal officer, said previously the the board of education has to put the levy on the ballot because the Cuyahoga Falls City School District is the library’s taxing authority.

Searle added the levy was approved in March 2016 and generates $1.374 million per year, which is 48% of the facility’s revenues. The tax issue helps pay for operational expenses of the library such as salaries, utilities, programming, and materials.

The library will continue to receive property tax money on this levy through the end of 2021, according to Searle, who noted the levy would have to be renewed by the end of 2021 to ensure uninterrupted collection of funds.