POMEROY — Carpenters’ Hall on Main St. in Pomeroy was the venue for Meigs Democratic Party get-together Thursday evening.
Party members came together to enjoy “food drinks, and great fellowship” as they introduced local township candidates and listened to speakers from the Meigs County Public Library and Rio Grande Community College.
Mike Struble presented information on the Meigs County District Public Library renewal levy and asked the group for support. He encouraged posting yard signs and distributing informational flyers that are available at the library.
He said there is some confusion on what the levy money is spent on, and he wanted to make clear that is was for operating expenses only.
“This money is used to keep the light on in the county libraries, and to allow the library to continue to serve the community,” he said.
Struble shared that levy funds pay for 24/7 access to WiFi, public computers, one-on-one technical assistance, children’s events and on-site school visits, to name a few.
“It is important for voters to understand this is a renewal, and the funds generated are for operational expenses only. None of the levy money went to the remodeling of the Pomeroy Library, the building fund was used for that, and it is totally separate from the operating budget.”
Mick Davenport spoke on behalf of the Rio Grande Community College replacement levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.
“Their first levy was established in 1974 and based on property values at that time. Now 43 years later, Rio is asking the community to support one to replace it, one that would be based on current property valuations.”
“Cost for the college have gone up since the original levy was passed. We want to keep tuition down and expand offerings to students, and this levy will help do that,” said Davenport.
He said the increase to property owners will be approximately $2 on a $100,000 property.
“Rio is important to the community, providing employment and no-coast classes for high school students. Eighty percent of Rio’s full-time employees live in the four-county area,” Davenport said. “ If you think Rio is a good value and a vital part of our community, vote yes.”
Lorna Hart is a freelance writer for The Daily Sentinel.