September 19 - We'll be at the Rotary Club meeting athe the Four Points at 11:45am with Representatives from the Library Board.
October 13 - at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art (WMAA) in Greensburg - look for our table!
November 7 - Election Day - we need volunteers for voting locations!
Updates for the week of September 17:
We have a number of upcoming events in which we will be attending to promote the library and Vote Yes!
Our biggest need right now are volunteers and donations to support our efforts.
Our committee is dedicated to the approval of referendum in six municipalities on November 7, 2017 so as to ensure dedicated and sufficient funding for the Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library and the Youngwood Branch for the future.
Referenda will be held in six municipalities this fall - City of Greensburg, Hempfield Township, and the boroughs of Southwest Greensburg, South Greensburg, Youngwood, and New Stanton. The vote asks for a 1 mill levy on the assessed value of taxable real estate in the six municipalities. The library will use the funds to restore, maintain and extend needed programs across our service area. All funds will be used for the Greensburg-Hempfield Area Library and the Youngwood Branch. More information is provided below.
Without the referenda, the library will be forced to further reduce staffing, reduce hours, and reduce purchases of new materials and technology. However since the library is already operating at the minimum levels permitted by state law, if the library falls below those levels, state funding will be cut off, which could result in permanently closing the library even sooner than the six years that may be available through deficit spending.
For more information on the current library financial conditions and impact of the referenda please see below.
The library does not receive enough money from the state, county, municipalities, and boroughs to meet its yearly budget. The Greensburg Hempfield Area Library board has asked for a referendum on the November 7, 2017 local election ballot to fund library programs, services, staffing, and facilities upkeep. The GHAL has provided the data herein. All funding from this referendum will be used locally. If the referendum passes, the library will use the funds to restore, maintain and extend needed programs across our service area. If the referendum fails, certain key programs will continue to face shortfalls.
What is the status of the Youngwood Branch of the Library?
Youngwood Library is a branch of the Greensburg Hempfield Area Library. If the referendum passes, Youngwood Library will continue to thrive. If the referendum fails, the branch will close along with the main library.
If the referenda are successful:
If the referenda are unsuccessful:
In 2016 there were 18,484 registered users, 144,769 library visits during 2,350 open hours. The average weekly open hours were 47. Computer access in the library accounted for 14,351 computer use sessions. The library’s wireless network was accessed 4,379 times. There were 48,797 logins to the online catalog. The number of visits without logins cannot be ascertained.
Why doesn’t the library charge for services? The Pennsylvania statute that authorizes using Pennsylvania tax dollars for public libraries contains a specific prohibition against charging for “routine” library services.
What is the yearly operating budget of the library?
The operating cost for 2016 was $751,111 and the budget for 2017 is $740,000.
What is the income from state, county and local sources?
The following is a list of income sources and amounts received in 2016:
Do other libraries have dedicated tax support?
Yes. In our area, Jeannette's Public Library receives 1.24 mills from a referendum just approved in 2016. Norwin's Public Library receives 1.2 mills from a levy created many years ago.
What will the measure cost property owners?
Based on the property’s appraised value, 1 mill would cost the average homeowner an estimated $20 to $30 annually or $1.67 to $2.50 per month.
On which ballots will the referendum be placed and how much income is 1 mill expected to generate? (approximations)
We need volunteers and coordinators for many areas and in each community. Here are some positions that we need to have filled and would love to have your help and contribution:
Vice Chair of the Committee
Municipal Coordinators - New Stanton, Youngwood, South Greensburg, Greensburg, Hempfield West
Volunteers in every and any area or community
The referendum will be on the ballot on November 7, 2017! Make sure you come out and vote!
Don't forget to like and follow our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/savetheghalvoteyes
The library is a resource to our whole community - whether young readers, mature readers, entrepreneurs, local businesses, researchers, teachers, schools, pre-schools, and everyone else. Stop in or visit the GHAL and Youngwood Branch and see what they offer! http://www.ghal.org/
The Vote Yes! Save the Library Committee is comprised of citizens and community members whom want to save the library and are committeed to having successful referenda on November 7, 2017.
Chair, Dr. Paul S. Adams
Treasurer, Nancy Harris
P.O. Box 83 Luxor, PA 15662