Letter to Wright Library supporters
Last Friday afternoon Governor Ted Strickland proposed a cut of $227.3 million to funding for Ohio’s public libraries in fiscal years 2010 and 2011 as part of his plan to balance Ohio’s budget. This will mean a more than 50 percent cut in funding for many of Ohio’s public libraries. Wright Memorial Public Library depends on state funding for 80 percent of its annual revenue. The loss of half of our state funding would be devastating.
Your help is needed immediately. Lawmakers plan to complete work on the budget by June 30. Library supporters should contact Oakwood’s state representative, senator and the governor right away to let them know the importance of public libraries and ask them to preserve library funding. It is essential to do this before the end of this week.
Representative Peggy Lehner, Phone: 614-644-6008, Fax: 614-719-3591,
Senator John Husted, Phone: 614-466-4538, Fax: 614-466-7662,
Governor Ted Strickland, Phone: 614-466-3555, Fax: 614-466-9354,
Go to website to submit email: http://governor.ohio.gov/Assistance/ContacttheGovernor/tabid/150/Default.aspx
Libraries bring critical services to Ohioans during the economic recession, such as early childhood education, support for formal education in our school system, free Internet access, resume´ help, materials and services for lifelong learning, and a place for people to meet in the community. Libraries have already taken a huge cut in funding as a result of lower tax receipts in the state. Your action is essential to help Wright Library survive.
Director, Wright Memorial Public Library
June 23, 2009
Volume 18, No. 25
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