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"No Campaigning Beyond This Point," a sign from the 2008 election in Ohio. On Tuesday, November 4th, Ohio voters will elect a slew of statewide offices and decide on many local issues. The state offices up for grabs include governor, attorney general, secretary of state and seats on the state school board and the state Supreme Court.In the Miami Valley, three Republican U.S. Congressmen are facing challenges: John Boehner in the 8th, Mike Turner in the 10th and Steve Chabot in the 1st U.S. district.One state senate election is contested in the area—Republican Bill Beagle, of the 5th district, is defending his seat against Democratic Tipp City councilwoman Dee Gillis.Finally, there are nearly a dozen Ohio house races in the area (see the district map here and the list of candidates here) and we’re following the races for Montgomery County Commission and county auditor.The long list of local issues on Miami Valley ballots include a new tax levy for the Greene County Public Library, a Montgomery County human services levy, an income tax levy for Huber Heights, a parks levy in Beavercreek and an income tax increase in Piqua. Many school districts have levy renewals and a few are asking for increased funds.WYSO’s election night coverage will be a stream from NPR News from 8 p.m. to midnight, which is expected to focus on the U.S. Senate races. Our local and state coverage will include an interruption at 10 p.m. to check in with the Ohio Statehouse News Bureau’s hour of results and analysis in the statewide races, including Governor John Kasich’s incumbency.We’ll be updating results online Nov. 4 and 5, but most county, school district and local town or village issues will not be posted individually. Look for local results in your county on these websites:Butler County: http://results.butlercountyelections.org/Champaign County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/champaign/elecres.htmClark County http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clark/elecres.htmClinton County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/clinton/ (click “Election Results” on left)Greene County: http://www.co.greene.oh.us/Archive.aspx?AMID=52Miami County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/miami/elecres.htmMontgomery County: http://www.mcohio.org/boe/election_results.htmlPreble County: http://www.electionsonthe.net/oh/preble/elecres.htmWarren County: http://www.warrencountyboe.us/election_reports/search/votingresults/voting_results_publish.asp The Ohio Secretary of State’s office posts statewide unofficial election results as they become available here: https://vote.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

Ohio Libraries To Seek New Funds In November Election

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The Greene County Public Library is one of several dozen Ohio library systems asking voters for money this November election, as libraries around the state become increasingly dependent on money from local property taxes.

Library levies are generally pretty popular, probably becauselibraries are overwhelmingly popular with Ohio residents.

“We actually have 8.9 million library card holders in the state of Ohio,” says Michelle Francis with the Ohio Library Council. “That’s roughly over 75 percent of the population.”

But changes in the funding formula as well as overall tax cuts at the state level have left a lot of library budgets flat even as demand grows.

“Unfortunately right now, our libraries are receiving about the same amount of state funding that they received in 1996,” Francis says.

Libraries are turning to local voters; since 2004, the number of library systems that depend on local support has gone from 74 to 178.

In Greene County, local funding has been part of the formula for quite a while, but public library head Karl Colon, who also volunteers with the levy committee, says instability from the state means the library can’t plan ahead. He says it’s seen about $1.3 million in cuts for each of the last few years.

“That really starts to add up after a while,” says Colon.

Colon says in 2010 they reduced their hours by 18 percent, and staffing has also been reduced through attrition. At the same time, the workload at the Greene County Public Library has increased, and technology and internet have created growing costs.

The library is asking for a 9/10-mill increase and renewal of its previous five-year levy. Greene County is one of 12 Ohio libraries asking local voters for new or additional funds November 4.

Lewis Wallace is WYSO's managing editor, substitute host and economics reporter. Follow him @lewispants.