Information about the August 4, 2020 Library Millage Proposition
What is the proposal on the ballot on August 4, 2020?
This millage, for a total of 0.7 mills, replaces a 0.3675 mills levy that expired at the end of 2019 and asks for a modest increase of 0.3325 for a period of 10 years. It is expected that this millage, if approved, would raise approximately $699,000 in the first year of the millage.
Why is the Library asking for this millage?
To continue providing quality library services to the entire community, including:
- Expanded hours of operation
- Additional programming for all ages
- Additional material in a variety of formats (including more e-content)
- Up-to-date technology
To make necessary repairs and improvements to the nearly 20 year old library facility, without reducing services:
- Carpet replacement
- Furniture repair and replacement
- Parking lot repairs
- Carpet Replacement
What will happen if the millage is not approved?
If the millage is not approved, the Library budget will be reduced by approximately 33%. This will require necessary cuts in staffing, operating hours, programming, and materials (including e-content reductions).
What will the millage cost homeowners in 2021?
Due to the Library/Police bond expiring, the cost of the millage in 2021 would be less than in 2020. An example: For a home with a taxable value of $100,000, the current millages and library portion of the bond would cost about $161 annually. With approval of this millage and expiration of the bond, the cost would be approximately $144 annually.