Tiffin tax levy could boost library support

Springmier Community Library in Tiffin has been in Clear Creek Amana Middle School for more than a year and use is going up in the new space. Photo: Joe Huisinga CBS2/FOX28.

Residents in Tiffin will see a tax levy on the ballot this November to support the city’s library.

Tiffin’s Springmier Community Library shares space inside Clear Creek Amana Middle School and Library Director, Kris Petersen says that’s about as efficient as it gets.

“The cost of running and owning your own library is extremely high,” says Petersen.

Despite the current $0.10 library levy it still pulls money from the city's general fund.

Petersen hopes to cut that down while adding to what they offer.

The ballot will ask citizens to vote on a levy of $.27 per $1,000 home value to support the library.

"The average home owner right now at the current 10 cent levy is paying about $17 annually,” says Doug Bolte, Tiffin City Administrator. “That would go up to about $46 annually."

The effort for more funding comes as library use is on the rise.

“It has really grown, every weekend we have new people coming in that are moving into the community and getting their library cards,” says Petersen.

If the levy passes, Petersen hopes to expand hours and programs while updating their collections.

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