Volusia County’s public-library system is applying for state funding.

The county may qualify for a Florida Department of State grant of $336,500, which may be used to pay some of the libraries’ operating expenses. The state funds are always welcome, but the bulk of the library system’s support comes from the county-levied property tax of 0.4635 mill, or about 46 cents for $1,000 of taxable value.

The ad valorem tax accounts for about 96 percent of the libraries’ funding. For the 2022-23 fiscal year, the county is appropriating almost $32.7 million for the libraries.


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