UPDATE: The Ohio General Assembly has completed its work on House Bill (HB) 49, the state’s two-year main operating budget bill. On June 30, 2017, Gov. Kasich signed HB 49 just before the start of Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. The language temporarily setting the Public Library Fund (PLF) at 1.68% of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) for FY18-19 became effective immediately upon the governor’s signature.
HB 49 – State Budget White Paper (PDF from May 2017)
Ohio’s public libraries could receive three additional cuts under HB 49:
- HB 49 reduces the PLF percentage of the state’s General Revenue Fund (GRF) from the current rate of 1.7% to 1.66% of the GRF.
- Declining state revenues into the GRF further reduces the PLF distribution to libraries each month.
- HB 49 removes the Medicaid Managed Care (MCO) sales tax from the GRF which further reduces tax revenues and ultimately reduces the PLF.
Ohio’s public libraries have already received cuts in state funding over the years and have yet to fully recover from the recession. Currently, public libraries receive $119 million LESS in state funding than what they received in 2001 — a 24% reduction in funding over the last 15 years with no adjustment for inflation (see chart below).
Ohio’s public libraries have already been cut. We are encouraging the Ohio Senate to:
- Make public libraries a priority in the state budget.
- NOT make additional cuts in funding to public libraries.
- Maintain the current FY17 level of funding at 1.7% of the GRF.