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Dayton Metro Library Faces Extreme Cuts

Legislators Need to Hear From Library Users and Supporters

June 19, 2009

Gov. Strickland announced plans today to remove $213.4 million in funding to Ohio's public libraries in order to fund other budget priorities. The funding for Ohio's libraries would drop to half of 2008 levels under his proposal. The cost to the Dayton Metro Library would be $2.3 million in 2009 and $4.7 million in 2010. The cut for this year would be in addition to the $4.1 million reduction the library is already facing.

"Cuts of this size would be absolutely devastating," said Tim Kambitsch, Executive Director of the Dayton Metro Library. "We are struggling to stay open with the cuts we have already absorbed. If passed, there will be deep cuts in hours, elimination of services to residents of every age, and frankly I have a hard time imagining how we can avoid closing branches. I urge everyone to immediately contact their representatives in the Ohio House and Senate." Kambitsch said he was surprised, "The library community had no idea these additional cuts were coming."

The governor's proposal must be approved by the Conference Committee of the Ohio Legislature, which is currently working out differences between the Senate and House budget bills.

What do you think? Is it a good idea to slash library budgets to cover other legislative priorities? Let you State Senator and State Representative know what you think immediately.

House Members:

Name Phone Number Fax Number Email
Seth Morgan 614-644-8051 614-719-3590 District36@ohr.state.oh.us
Peggy Lehner 614-644-6008 614-719-3591 District37@ohr.state.oh.us
Terry Blair 614-466-6504 614-719-6966 District38@ohr.state.oh.us
Clayton Luckie 614-466-1607 614-719-6967 District39@ohr.state.oh.us
Roland Winburn 614-466-2960 614-719-6940 District40@ohr.state.oh.us

Senate Members:

Name Phone Number Fax Number Email
Fred Strahorn 614-466-6247 N/A senatorstrahorn@maild.sen.state.oh.us
John Husted 614-466-4538 614-466-7662 SD06@senate.state.oh.us
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