The Belmont County District Library Levy
We changed our name from the Martins Ferry Public Library
so we could legally include our branches in our new
boundaries as determined by the State Library of Ohio.
The Martins Ferry Public Library was created in 1930.
We may have a new name but will continue the same
November 5, 2013, the Library will propose a 1-mill operating
levy lasting 5 years &
costing $2.91 per month for the owner of a home valued at
$100,000. This is
$35.00 per year for 5 years. An average hard back
book costs $28.00 so this levy will cost the homeowner of a
slightly more than one hard back book, or two children’s books.
If your home costs $50,000, the cost will be $17.50 per
year or the price of a children’s picture book.
What is the library levy and when will it be on the ballot?
The library is proposing a 1-mill operating levy for
5 years to be on the November 5th ballot.
How much will the levy cost?
The levy will cost $35.00
per year or $2.91 per month for the owner of a home valued at
How will the levy funds be used by the library?
The levy will be used to restore hours and services at the main
library in Martin Ferry and all branches located in Bethesda,
Bridgeport, Flushing, Powhatan Point and Shadyside.
We can resume five day service at the branches and extend
hours at all locations.
In addition, we can increase the ability to purchase
books and other materials by 75%. We would also like to offer
more computer classes for the public.
Who gets to vote for this levy?
This levy is only for those who live in the Belmont County
District Library area, which excludes Bellaire, Barnesville, and
The rest of the county is in the Belmont County District Library
area and they can vote for this levy.
This includes everyone in the Martins Ferry School
District, Bridgeport School District, Shadyside School District,
Union Local School District, Powhatan Point and portions of
Switzerland of Ohio School District in Belmont County, as well
as portions of Harrison Hills and Buckeye Local School District
located in Belmont County.
No one is taxed twice for a library levy.
Doesn’t the library already have an operating levy?
No, in its 83 year history, the library has never sought local
support to operate the library system.
This will be the first levy.
Martins Ferry passed a bond issue in 1967-68 that was
used to build the main library in Martins Ferry.
What will the library use the levy monies for?
The funds will give financial stability to the library, as well
as enable us to add more of the best sellers, DVDs, audiobooks,
and more to the library and branches.
It will restore lost hours over the past few years and
enable all branches to be open to the public five days per week,
like it used to be.
In addition, the funds will insure replacement and necessary
upgrades to the internet and computer access at all locations.
The library would also like to add computers for children
and early literacy.
The library also hopes to add adult, teen and children’s
programs, including book groups.
The library suffered a 35% reduction in funds over the
past few years and this funding has not been restored to
What happens if the levy does not pass?
If the levy fails, more cuts will occur.
This would include reduced hours, fewer materials
purchased, and possibly
a couple closed branches.
Town Hall Meetings
The Belmont County District Library
announces town hall meetings at all six locations.
The purpose of these meetings is to encourage the
public to attend and learn more about the proposed
1-mill levy the library is seeking on the November 5th
People are also encouraged to ask for any information
regarding the library and branches.
If the levy passes, the library will be able to
restore hours, purchase additional materials for all
locations and to provide more stable funding for the
public is welcome to suggest ideas they may have to
improve library service.
The Bethesda Library will have a town
hall meeting on Monday, September 23rd from 5-7; Martins
Ferry Public Library will have one on Wednesday,
September 25 from 4-6;
Bridgeport Library will have a town hall meeting
on Tuesday, October 1 from 4-6; Powhatan Point’s library
will host a meeting on Monday, October 7 from 5-7; the
Victoria Read Library in Flushing will hold their
meeting on Monday,
October 14th from 5-7; and the final meeting will
be held at Shadyside on Wednesday, October 16 from 5-7.
Please check the web site at mfpl.org or call the main
library at 633-0314 for additional information.