On November 7, 2023, area voters will be asked to approve a .2309 mill RENEWAL in support of the Milan Public Library. The ballot language reads as follows:
“Shall the previously authorized increase in tax limitation on all taxable property in the city of Milan, Counties of Washtenaw and Monroe, that expires in 2023 be renewed and the City be authorized to levy an amount not to exceed 0.2309 mill ($0.2309 on each $1,000 of taxable value) against all taxable property for a period of seven (7) years, 2024 to 2030, inclusive, for the purpose of operating, maintaining, and equipping the Milan Public Library or any other purpose authorized by law for library service? The estimate of the revenue the city will collect in the first year (2024) if the millage is approved and levied by the City is approximately $49,000. By law, revenue from this millage will be disbursed to the Milan Public Library.”
What will the millage renewal cost me?
As this is a RENEWAL, no new (or increase in) taxes will appear on property tax bills. This millage currently costs the average homeowner $2/month.
Why does the library need this?
Tax revenues have declined annually for the past decade, while the library continues to encounter rising costs. The loss of this funding would have a significant adverse effect on the library’s ability to maintain current levels of service and resources.
What are “operating” expenses?
Operating expenses are incurred as a result of the library’s normal daily operations, including but not limited to: library materials, staffing, computers, supplies, internet access, utilities, and equipment.
What does the library provide to the Milan community?
What will happen if the millage doesn’t pass?
If the millage renewal does not pass, the Library Board will have to take a hard look at the budget to determine where further cuts can be made.