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The Suburbanite
  • Canal Fulton library wins

  • According to unofficial election results, 71 percent of the 1,201 votes cast in Stark County Tuesday supported the Canal Fulton Public Library’s continuous 1-mill levy, known as Issue 17. In Summit County, the levy, known as Issue 8, failed receiving only 37 percent of the 109 votes cast.

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  • A levy to fund library services in Canal Fulton wasn’t popular in Summit County, but Stark County’s overwhelming support delivered a win for the library district.
    According to unofficial election results, 71 percent of the 1,201 votes cast in Stark County Tuesday supported the Canal Fulton Public Library’s continuous 1-mill levy, known as Issue 17. In Summit County, the levy, known as Issue 8, failed, receiving only 37 percent of the 109 votes cast.
    The levy will generate $235,308 a year for the library and cost the owner of a $100,000 home in the Stark and Summit county portions of the Northwest Local School District an additional $31 a year.
    Anita Walsh of Canal Fulton said the money is worth the investment.
    “I’m a working mother and they have story times at night when I can be there with (my children),” Walsh said.
    Library Board President Bob Richmond said the new revenue will help the library sustain its current operations, but he doesn’t believe the board will immediately restore the reductions it made two years ago to offset state funding cuts.
    “I think it’s too early to say,” he said, “(but) we have a budget for the year and that’s what we are going to have to stick with.”
    The library serves 13,328 people in Canal Fulton, Lawrence Township, Doylestown, Clinton and New Franklin.
    Reach Kelli at 330-580-8339 or kelli.young@cantonrep.com.
    On Twitter: @kyoungREP