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Library funding fight continues

Warren-Trumbull library wants increased share

August 27, 2013

WARREN — A year-old dispute between the largest library system in Trumbull County and the two smallest over how to divide state funding is nowhere close to being resolved, but there’s a sign that......

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Aug-27-13 6:40 PM

The townships are forced to pay a .5 mill tax to support the libraries with little to nothing in return. Drive to Warren with it's crime, poor roads and blight is a bad choose. Thank God for the Internet.

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Aug-27-13 7:16 AM

Bottom line here is, Warren gets enough. They have levies bringing in additional revenue and waste a lot of money on foolishness like TV lounges. Kinsman, Bristolville, Newton Falls, Hubbard.... all have fine libraries that are well used and meet the needs of their communities and are frequented by many people not wanting to deal with Warren.

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Aug-27-13 7:14 AM

Actually, it's up to each county's budget commission to come up with an agreement between the auditor's office and the libraries within the county for an acceptable formula to use to divide up the state money. They had a long-standing agreed upon formula. Warren wants to change it. That's the issue. Some counties do use building size, circulation, service hours and other factors because in some cases, it makes sense. You can have a large library with poor circulation and poor service. Why should they get the majority of the money just because the population (who doesn't use them) is larger than the other library districts? Many counties have libraries whose service districts bleed over in to adjacent counties... so their population in on county is not a true reflection of their service area - which is determined by the State Library of Ohio. This situation usually happens with school district libraries.

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Aug-27-13 5:38 AM

The library funding should use population in each library district as the only criteria. Whoever heard of square footage and hours of operation as a criteria.

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