Voters to decide on library millage proposal

Symon
Symon

REED CITY — Despite voters turning down both an operating and renovation millage proposal in the August primary election, members of the Reed City Area District Library have submitted another proposal that will be on the Nov. 4 ballot.

If voters pass the millage, it will cost district residents 95 cents per year per $1,000 of taxable value for 10 years. The district consists of Reed City, Lincoln Township and Richmond Township.

“For the Reed City Area District Library to become a permanent entity, the District Library Agreement requires the library to obtain voter approval of an operating millage of at least 0.95 mills by Nov. 30, 2015,” said Reed City Area District Library Director Heather Symon.

Although voters in the primary election also saw a millage for a renovation bond proposal, Symon said it cannot be on a ballot twice in a calendar year. To collect the necessary funds, however, the library will continue to seek grants and fundraising opportunities.

Currently, the library is housed in The Annex Building, owned by Osceola County, but its lease expires on June 9, 2016. If the funds are not available for the library by that date, the future of the library is uncertain.