Voters pass library operating millage


Library director 'thrilled'

REED CITY — Voters in Reed City, Richmond Township and Lincoln Township have passed the operating millage the second time around for the Reed City Area District Library.

With a total of 1,749 votes, 885 voted yes, while 864 voted in opposition.

"I'm thrilled," said library director Heather Symon. "It's huge."

The millage asked voters to approve the cost of 95 cents per year per $1,000 of taxable value for 10 years, which would allow the library to become a permanent entity, expand its services, access additional materials from other libraries and enable long-term funding.

Symon said although voters rejected the proposal in August's primary election, it appears they are more comfortable accepting of a millage that lasts for 10 years, as opposed to continuing in perpetuity, as the previous millage proposed.

"I think this is a step in the right direction," she added. "We'd like to thank the voters."

Voters also rejected a renovation bond proposal during the primary election, which, among other things, would have created a permanent home for the library after the lease at The Annex expires in June 2016.

The renovation millage was not able to be placed on Tuesday's ballot, but can be proposed again next year, Symon said. However, she is unsure if it will come to pass.