Reprinted courtesy of: American Libraries Magazine
By Brad Knutson
Election Day 2014 turned out to be a success for many library systems across the country seeking to raise or continue funding. Here are some early returns on local library victories:
- Voters approved a $108.5-million plan by the Charleston County (S.C.) Public Library to build five new facilities, renovate 13 others, and complete a system-wide technology upgrade.
- In Charleston, West Virginia, voters passed a levy to provide about $3 million a year for the Kanawha County Public Library system.
- In Cleveland, voters approved a $2.2 million tax increase to provide funding for the Cleveland Heights–University Heights Public Library.
- In the Detroit area, voters approved a tax increase to provide funding that will restore services and collections at the Redford Township District Library.
- Voters in the Rockford, Illinois, area approved a referendum to continue funding the North Suburban Library District.
- In Euclid, Ohio, voters approved the renewal and an increase of an existing Euclid Library levy that is expected to generate $3.2 million in revenue over the next five years.
- Residents in Altadena, California, voted to renew a parcel tax that will fund the community’s two library branches.
- Voters in Glens Falls, N.Y., approved a budget and tax levy increase for the Crandall Public Library.
- Residents of Northvale, N.J., voted to reopen a municipal library in its community that will join the Bergen County Cooperative Library System.
Brad Knutson is the freelance digital editor for American Libraries Magazine.