Library Levy Question
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With Levy Approval, the Library Can:
- Respond to growing community needs
- Enhance Library services, programs and safety
- Renovate and replace aging facilities
- Sustain and expand lifelong learning opportunities
About the Library Question
More than ever, the Kansas City Public Library is central to the lives of the individuals, families, and communities it serves. From early childhood literacy to outreach for the elderly and disabled. From access to computers and the internet to civic and community engagement. On November 6, we are asking voters to authorize an 8-cent increase in the property tax based operating levy – the first such request in 22 years – to maintain and modernize facilities and sustain and enhance essential services.
The current level of funding, set in 1996, is no longer sufficient to sustain operations at the Library system’s 10 locations and the current level of on-site and online services they provide. Demand in the community is great, as reflected by the more than 4 million visitors to the Library in 2017-18. Levy funds supporting its operations and services have grown by less than 1 percent annually over the past decade, failing to keep pace with residents’ rising needs.
to the Library Question means:
Expanding Library services for children, students, seniors, families, and others
Extending Library hours, increasing access to programs and materials
Modernizing computers and other digital resources and expanding training
Renovating or replacing aging Library branches
to the Library Question means:
Acquiring fewer new materials and resources including books, movies, music, magazines, databases, and other research tools
Cutting back Library hours, reducing access to computers, materials, services, and programs
Scaling back technology updates and likely falling short in meeting our community’s growing digital needs
Making only basic repairs and postponing renovations; facilities will deteriorate
The Library Impacts Lives | 2017-2018
Enhancing children's and youth literacy
Children's programs, including story times and Friday Night Family Fun events, drew 73,084 participants.
The Library’s Books to Go program delivered 101,600 materials to approximately 4,700 children at preschools and childcare centers..
Participation in youth summer reading, designed to maintain reading retention between school years, totaled 3,483 children and teens, a 55 percent rise from the previous year.
Helping seniors stay independent
Seniors and others who are homebound received 13,985 books and other Library materials.
More than 31,000 seniors were Library card holders.
Library outreach services were provided to 16 senior living communities.
Advancing computer access and literacy
Computer and wireless internet sessions at Library locations totaled 800,026.
Public computer use totaled 335,871 hours.
Individuals seeking to improve their computer skills participated in 31,632 classes, learning circles and one-to-one sessions, and online training sessions.
In-person and digital visitors to the Library
Items checked out by community members
Inquiries and information requests fielded by librarians
Attendees of the Library's acclaimed adult and children's programs
How would this levy increase affect my property taxes?
|Home Market Value||Added Yearly Cost||Added Monthly Cost|
|Taxes based on lower, assessed value|
Key Election Dates
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Last day to register to vote for fall 2018 general election
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
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- Other ID approved by the Secretary of State of Missouri