Funding & Budget
The library receives 48% of its funding from a local levy, and approximately 49% of its funding from the State of Ohio’s Public Library Fund.
The library currently receives about half its funding from a 5-year, 1.9-mil levy on property in most of Cuyahoga Falls and all of Silver Lake. This levy went into effect in January 2012 and expires in December 2016, and it costs the owner of a $100,000 house about $1.12 per week. A levy renewal was approved by voters in March 2016 and will go into effect in January 2017.
The library’s service area (and taxing district) is the Cuyahoga Falls City School District, which includes Silver Lake but does not contain the part of Cuyahoga Falls that is in the Woodridge School District.
State of Ohio Public Library Fund
Ohio’s public libraries are currently funded through 1.97% of the state’s total general tax revenue. The amount received by Cuyahoga Falls Library through this fund has dropped 40% since 2001.
Public Library Funding in Surrounding Communities
ALL local public libraries benefit from levies. Our request for 1.9 mills is at the low end of the scale. The Hudson Library will ask for 2.9 mills this spring. Stow, Munroe Falls and Twinsburg residents pay 2.0 mills for their libraries. The current levy for Barberton Library is 1.95 mills.
The Board approved the 2016 General Fund operating budget at their annual meeting on January 26, 2016.
PDF Download: CFL Budget 2016
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