Just minutes before the midnight deadline on June 30, Governor Kasich signed House Bill (HB) 49 to fund state government from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2019. Prior to signing the two-year main operating budget bill into law, he line-item vetoed 47 provisions. Fortunately the language temporarily setting the Public Library Fund (PLF) at 1.68 percent of the state's General Revenue Fund (GRF) was NOT vetoed and became effective immediately. The temporary language reduces by half the more than $7 million cut in FY 2018 originally proposed by Governor Kasich.
We did it! The library has closed the books on the gofundme.com campaign to "Warm the Library with a New Furnace" after raising $8,533. With the help of the Consolidated Electric Foundation, Rands Mechanical, and more than 75 patrons, friends and family, the furnace will be installed in August. We would love to show off our completed project. Please request to see it when you visit the library later this summer. Read on for more about our partners and contributors.
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.
Read more to find out how you can help protect the PLF.