Library Millage Information for August 4th Ballot Initiative
2020 Bonding Millage Proposal
What are we asking for?
The Mount Clemens Public Library is seeking an additional millage, that upon approval, will be used for capital improvements to update the library building. Expenses will include but will not be limited to: replacement of the heating and cooling system (original to the building in 1969), replacement of lighting fixtures and electrical panels original to the building (1969), replacement of skylights original to the building (1969), replacement of carpeting (1969-1985), renovation and reallocation of space in the basement for public use, replacement of foyer and entrance doors original to the building (1969), expansion of youth, teen, and genealogy spaces, creation of small meeting rooms for public use, renovation of existing meeting rooms for better public use, replacement of downspouts to prevent water pooling on roof, replacement of the outdoor façade original to the building (1969), and expanded access and ADA compliance modifications to existing building plan.
The millage asks for .87 mills per $1000 dollars of taxable value of real property for the first year, with an average of .82 mills per $1000 over the lifespan of the 25-year millage. This means the cost for the individual taxpayer will be dependent on the taxable value of their home.
For example, a house within the Mount Clemens Public Library district is appraised at $100,000. The taxable value is fifty percent of the market value, so in this case, $50,000. This results in an additional tax bill of $43.50 for the first year of the millage, and $41 dollars each subsequent year. Find your taxable value HERE
What we are asking for an additional millage instead of an increase in our operating millage?
Our original millage is “in perpetuity”. A 25 year millage allows us to complete the necessary repairs and replacements on the building without permanently altering the tax incurred by citizens.
What happens if the millage does not pass?
The Mount Clemens Public Library Board of Trustees is committed to maintaining and improving the library building. Each fiscal year, the library weighs out the competing needs of building maintenance and community services. Without this additional funding to cover these critical repairs and replacements, the library would have to bond out these repairs out of our operational budget, which would drastically affect services and hours of operation.
Funding of the Mount Clemens Public Library
At this time, over 92.5% of our annual funding is from property and other local taxes.
Penal fines make up 1% of our annual budget.
6.5% comes from other sources, such as state aid, copier fees, gifts and room rental fees.
Need more answers?
We will be hosting Zoom meetings for a brief presentation and question/answer periods on the following dates:
June 30th, 2020 – 7pm
July 7th, 2020 – 7pm
July 14th, 2020 – 7pm
July 21st, 2020 – 7pm
July 28th, 2020 – 7pm