Friday, August 13, 2010

Library Tax Passes in Warren Michigan, Branch Libraries Reopen

65% of voters approve.

Link to August 4 Detroit News article, Macomb: Yes to Warren library tax, no to budget help in Eastpointe, Mount Clemens".

Excerpt: Voters in Macomb County communities responded with mixed results to millage hikes and tax renewals on Tuesday.

In Warren, voters approved by 65 percent an increase to the millage that funds operations at the city's main library and its three branch locations. " The 'yes' vote means that residents realize the value of the public library and what it contributes to the community," Warren Library Director Amy Henderstein said. "We are securing the future of the library system for generations to come."

The branches closed July 1 after money ran out, but officials say the 0.85-mill increase could enable them to reopen by Aug. 16. The 20-year tax is expected to bring in $3.4 million each year. It'll cost the average Warren homeowner $45.50 per year

Related article:
Branch closures likely.  (2/13/2010)

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