Voters approve bond issue, levy for libraries

The proposed plan will consolidate the main library in downtown Dayton and 20 branches into 17 buildings. Newer suburban branches would be updated. The endeavor will be one of the largest building projects with direct neighborhood impact in Montgomery County since the $627-million Dayton Public Schools construction program.

Montgomery County voters approved the issue 62% to 38%, 121,286 to 74,818, according to unofficial results.

In Oakwood, the levy for the Wright Memorial Public Library has passed with 100 percent of precincts reporting. According to the unofficial results, the vote was 71% to 29% for the levy, 3,841 votes to 1,569.

The Wright Memorial Public Library was seeking a five-year, 1.5-mill replacement levy that would generate $427,667.

The issue is a consolidation of two levies — one a 0.5-mill operating levy that passed in 2009, the other a .94-mill levy that will expire at year’s end.

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