When is the library’s millage renewal election?
Marshall District Library millage election is on Tuesday, August 6, 2019. The library’s current operating millage expires in December 2019.
What is the library’s current operating millage rate?
As a resident of the Library District, you pay 1.6704 mills for library operation. Of this amount, .6927 mill up for renewal during this August election.
How long will this millage renewal last?
This millage will be collected for eight years, 2020 through 2027.
Who may vote on the library millage renewal election?
All residents of the City of Marshall, Eckford, Marengo, Marshall and Fredonia Townships except for those living in those portions of Fredonia and Marshall Townships that are served by Willard Public Library (Battle Creek).
How much do we currently pay for the library?
As a resident of the Library District, you pay a total of 1.6704 mills for library operation. This renewal would not change the level of tax on the value of your property. If the taxable value of your property is $50,000 (sales value approximately $100,000), your current annual library operation tax is $83.52.
How much money does the millage renewal provide?
Property taxes make up more than 90% of the library’s 2019 operating budget ($920,600). District-wide, the .6927 renewal millage is estimated to provide $390,000. This is approximately 40% of the library’s operating budget.
What operating millage rates are approved for nearby libraries?
- Willard Public Library 2.00
- Albion District Library 2.50
- Tekonsha Township Library 1.00
- Homer Public Library 1.00
- Kalamazoo Public Library 3.9583
When was the last time we voted on a library millage?
The current operating millage was passed in 2011. This millage expires in December 2019.
What will the library do if the millage renewal does not pass?
As this renewal constitutes nearly 40% of Marshall District Library’s operating budget, the library would need to address this through reductions in service hours, collections, programming, and staffing.
What is the wording on the ballot?
“Shall the Marshall District Library, County of Calhoun, be authorized to levy a renewal of the previously voted increase in the tax limitation, which expires in 2019, in an amount not to exceed .6927 mill ($.6927 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable property within the Marshall District Library district for a period of eight (8) years, 2020 to 2027, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the District Library will collect in the first year of levy (2020) if the millage is approved and levied by the District Library is approximately $390,000.”
How will the library spend the money the millage will generate?
Marshall District Library will continue to provide quality collections, creative programming, and a highly trained staff in information services, youth services and technology instruction. Marshall District Library values feedback from the community and strives to provide programming and services to meet the community’s interests.
Doesn’t the State government support local libraries?
In Michigan, the State supplies only a small fraction of funding for libraries. State aid is less than 0.5% of the library’s operating budget.
What happens if some areas vote the renewal down and others pass it?
This is a district-wide election. If the millage is approved on a district-wide basis, it is approved for the entire district.
How does Marshall District Library spend it’s operating budget?
Marshall District Library spends its operating budget on all library building operations, staffing, circulating materials, technology, equipment, programs and services for library visitors. For details on library funding and services last year, please see our Annual Report.
The Marshall District Library staff would be happy to answer any questions you may have. For more information, please contact:
Marshall District Library
269-781-7821 ext. 11