In addition to all of the federal and state races on the ballot in November, central Ohio voters will cast their ballots on Issue 4, a 2.8 mill property tax levy to support the Columbus Metropolitan Library system. I strongly support Issue 4, and I hope Franklin County voters will, too.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library system is exceptional. It has won national awards for excellence and is devoted to community service. Its local branch libraries have become fundamental parts of many central Ohio communities. That is certainly the case in New Albany, where the library branch is one of the cornerstones of the Market Street area and is a hub for meetings of local groups. It also contributes greatly to the foot traffic that helps the nearby local stores.
Libraries are one of the institutions that help to bring communities together and makes them feel more like, well, communities. A vote for Issue 4 is a vote for money well spent.