“This will maintain the current operating services and materials, technical resources for users and sustain programs for all age groups,” Hillman said. “It provides nearly 36 percent of the MidPointe Library Systems operating costs and is essential to keep the library strong.”
Since the levy was renewed in 2015, MidPointe Library System opened new branches in Monroe and Liberty Twp. and resumed the Bookmobile service after more than 30 years. She said the Bookmobile visits 26 schools, other locations and community events.
“Approval of the levy will keep us strong and allow for sustained expansion in growing communities and make sure all locations have the services that our patrons deserve,” she said.
The Butler County Auditor’s Office said the renewal levy would cost about $21.44 per year per $100,000 of property value. Deputy Auditor David Brown said the average home value is $144,000 in the MidPointe Library System district, which includes Middletown, Trenton, Monroe and West Chester, Liberty, Lemon, Madison and Wayne townships.
The MidPointe Library System serves a population of almost 200,000 people and offers a collection of nearly half a million materials at locations in downtown Middletown, Liberty Twp., Monroe, Trenton and West Chester, as well as a bookmobile.