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 8, 2022 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 and Nitro during the first year. Levy funding will continue for five years. None of the levy funds were used for the construction of the newly renovated downtown library.
• 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.