Voters in two cities consider library issues

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Tough times for Ohio's government means tough times for the state's libraries.
Voters in two nationally ranked districts -- Medina County and Lakewood -- will vote on improvement bond issues on Tuesday.
Lakewood is asking for $12.5 million over 20 years and
Medina County is asking for $42 million over the same
period.
Hennen's Library Ratings ranks Lakewood first in the nation
among libraries serving between 50,000 and 100,000 people.
Medina County is ranked third for communities of 250,000 to 500,000 people.
The Ohio House version of the state budget for the next two
years freezes funding for libraries. They saw revenues drop 8.5 percent last year.
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