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The future of the Troy Public Library is “as clear as mud,” the city’s lawyer said Wednesday, after voters defeated four millage proposals designed to create and fund an independent library board.
And in Bloomfield Hills, voters sent a resounding “no” on Tuesday to a six-year, 0.617-mill library levy, with 61% of voters shooting down the measure, 1,342-842. Supporters sought to resume a lending contract with Bloomfield Township’s library or strike up a new deal with the library in Birmingham.
The Troy measure is likely to become a topic of Monday’s City Council meeting, where Mayor Louise Schilling is expected to bring up the possible censure of Councilman Martin Howrylak over his letter advocating the measures’ defeat.
Troy’s Proposal 1, the 10-year, 0.9885-millage, failed by 689 votes, 15,590-14,901, with 51% voting against it. The three other millage proposals failed by more than 80% of the vote each.
The library is scheduled to close July 1, after the City Council slashed funding and library hours this year and all funding by June 30.
Read more: Detroit Free Press.
Facing shrinking funding, library issues are on ballots across metro Detroit.
But none of the millage proposals are as convoluted as Troy’s, where an approximately 1-mill tax increase, supported by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, creates an independently funded and run library board.
Child with therapy dog @ the Troy Library
The city slashed library funding with 2010 budget cuts and the library is set to close June 30, 2011.
“There’s no big pile of money to fund the library,” said Mayor Louis Shilling. “We’d have to make cuts in health, safety and welfare services.”
But not every city official is in favor of the millage.
Shilling has called a special City Council meeting for 10 a.m. Monday to discuss censuring Councilman Martin Howrylak, who sent out a letter asking residents to vote against the measure on Tuesday.
The mayor said Howrylak’s letter was inaccurate and inappropriate for a sitting council member.
Howrylak said he supports a library, but not the proposal. What he opposes is the amount of money the millage proposals would raise — $4.6 million, as opposed to the $2.26 million the city budgeted for the library.
“At the very least, if you’re going to ask the folks here in Troy to pay more taxes, then simply make it the $2.26 million and that would be about a half a mill,” Howrylak said.
Read more: Troy Library’s future bound up with millage vote result | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com/article/20101031/NEWS15/10310603/1001/News/Troy-Librarys-future-bound-up-with-millage-vote-result#ixzz142M3wc5G