From the Interim Director…
Update on Library Funding 12/19/2016
We are very appreciative here at the Chillicothe & Ross County Public Library for the support we receive from our patrons through state funding and our local tax levy. We would not be able to serve you at the current level without your support.
I want to share information with you about the present status of funding for Ohio’s public libraries. At the state level, we are fortunate to be funded through the Public Library Fund (PLF) which receives a percentage of the state’s tax revenues from the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF). Revenue sources for the GRF include the state personal income tax, sales and use tax, business taxes, etc.
The PLF is currently set at 1.7% of the GRF, but it will be automatically reduced to 1.66% on July 1, 2017. This will cut state funding for Ohio's public libraries.
The Ohio Library Council (OLC) is working with Ohio’s public libraries to educate members of the Ohio General Assembly on the status of our state funding. We know that Ohioans value their public libraries and that public libraries create opportunities and transform lives. We will be working with the OLC during the next several months to protect state funding for Ohio's public libraries. I will keep you posted with updates as we work through this process.
Thank you again for your support; it is truly a joy to serve the people of the Chillicothe and Ross County area!
Nanette L. Clary
Libraries in Ohio are supported primarily by your state taxes. A percentage of the general revenue of the State of Ohio goes to public libraries. The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library also has a 1.5 mill, five year voted local tax levy for the years 2016-2020.
The Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library has an endowment fund that will slowly build over time and eventually be able to supplement the operating fund of the library or pay for special projects not otherwise funded. Gifts should be specified, or checks written, to the Columbus Foundation, which manages the fund. On the memo line, please write: Library Fund for Ross County. Gifts to the endowment fund may be mailed to the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library, P.O. Box 185, Chillicothe, OH 45601. Estate planning is another way to remember your library.
All gifts to the Library or the endowment fund are tax deductible.
The Library is a partner with the Kroger Company in their Community Rewards Program where a portion of your Kroger purchases will be donated to the library. You must have a Kroger Plus Card and you can enroll online at: www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library (#90071) to receive the Kroger Donation. This is paid by Kroger, not by the customer.
Friends of the Library is a support group for the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library. It is composed of people who are interested in promoting and helping the Library.
The Friends of the Library support a broad range of activities including author programs, book sales and other events. We also provide support and refreshments for programs put on by the library, provide things not provided for in the library's budget, and generally try to lend a hand wherever we can (that's what makes us so friendly).
The Friends' Board of Trustees meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Main Library and meetings are open to the public.
Friends of the Chillicothe and Ross County Public Library was organized in 1981 with 19 members, with the goal of raising funds to supplement the library's budget. There are now nearly 500 members, and we hope you'll join us.
You can support the library's purchase of needed books and dedicate them as gifts or tributes to friends, family, business associates or organizations.
Simply fill out the order form (available at any of our locations) and take it along with payment to the Circulation Desk.
You will receive a gift card to give to the honoree, and the book will be identified with a dedication bookplate and placed in circulation for the entire community to enjoy.