State Budget may further reduce library funding

House Bill 49, the text of the full year (FY) 2018-19 state budget bill was released in February. Gov. Kasich's budget proposal would cut state funding to Ohio's public libraries by more than $7 million in FY 2018 by reducing the Public Library Fund (PLF) from 1.7% of the state's General Revenue Fund (GRF) to 1.66% of the GRF. The PLF has been the target of the budget ax since 2002 as this chart illustrates.

Funding Graph

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State funding for public libraries will be automatically cut again on July 1, 2017.

Did You Know?

  • More than 8.7 million Ohioans are library cardholders (that's three-fourths of Ohio's population).
  • Ohio's public libraries provide nearly $2.7 billion in direct economic value to Ohio residents.
  • Ohio has the HIGHEST LIBRARY USE per capita in the United States.

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Public Libraries....

  • provide public access to the Internet, computers, and the latest technology
  • help Ohioans find jobs with resume help and job search assistance
  • offer literacy and homework help
  • serve as a place for the community to gather
  • provide life-long learning opportunities and programming for all ages
  • offer well-rounded collections

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