Q: WHAT IS THE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY ELECTION?
• Voters will be asked to Vote YES to continue funding for the Kanawha County Public Library (KCPL) system on the November 6, 2018 General Election Day ballot.
• Voting YES will continue funding for 40% of KCPL’s operating budget.
• Voting Yes will also make levy funds available to libraries in South Charleston ($214,537) and Nitro ($48,017) during the first year. Levy funding will continue for five years.
• The Kanawha County Board of Education is sponsoring the public library levy, but will not receive any of the funds. Levy funds are for library use only.
Q: WHAT DOES THE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY FUND?
• Voting YES will continue funding the ongoing operation and staffing of the KCPL system, which consists of 10 libraries and the Mobile Library.
• Voting Yes will help support libraries in South Charleston and Nitro.
• None of the levy funds will go to the construction of new library buildings.
Q: WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THE LEVY?
• Public libraries in Kanawha County have more than 100,000 cardholders, most of whom live in Kanawha County.
• Last year, library patrons checked out and downloaded more than 1.1 million items from all public libraries in Kanawha County.
Q: WILL THE PUBLIC LIBRARY LEVY INCREASE TAXES?
• No. There will not be an increase in taxes due to the library levy.
Q: HOW MANY PUBLIC LIBRARIES ARE IN KANAWHA COUNTY?
• The KCPL system includes facilities in Charleston, Clendenin, Cross Lanes, Dunbar, Elk Valley, Glasgow, Marmet, a branch in the Riverside High School, St. Albans and Sissonville. The library also operates the Mobile Library (bookmobile).
• There are also public libraries in South Charleston and Nitro.