Highland Township Library looks for millage renewal on Aug. 3 ballot

Published: Friday, July 23, 2010

 

The Highland Township Public Library is facing the same paradox as other libraries throughout the state.

Funding is down — due to declining property taxes and reduced state funding — but usage and circulation are up.

Highland Township residents will vote Aug. 3 on a millage renewal so the library can continue circulating materials, offering popular reading programs, and providing public computer access to Highland’s 19,169 residents.

The millage amount is

0.325 mills for nine years and will raise about $235,000 per year for library operations. That breaks down to 32.5 cents per thousand of taxable home value.

For example, the owner of a house with a taxable value of $100,000 would pay $32.50 per year for this renewal.

Jude Halloran, the library’s director says the library is "a good value ... an investment in the community to help people stretch their dollars."

Although Halloran feels “fairly positive” about public support for the millage renewal, she does not “want to assume anything.” 

She is preparing two budget scenarios — one based on a millage approval and one based on reductions in the event that the millage does not pass.

If the millage is not approved, the library faces cuts in its collection budget. Program offerings also will be cut, including popular reading programs that serve adults as well as teens and tweens, Halloran said.