CHASE TWP. \u2014 On Tuesday, Chase Township residents decided whether to levy two millages to help fund two community services. When the polls closed, it was apparent that one service would be supported financially through a millage, and the other would not. Tuesday\u2019s unofficial special election day results show the Chase Township fire protection millage was passed by a vote of 68 percent to 31 percent, and the Chase Township Library millage was defeated by a vote of 52 percent to 47 percent. The township\u2019s election turnout was reported as 41 percent. The passed .75-mil fire protection millage means the township will continue to contract services with Reed City Fire Department. Based on the township\u2019s average taxable value, the millage equates to nearly $25 a year. The millage will be in place for a period of three years and it is estimated that it will raise $23,068 in the first year. The defeated .25-mil library operation millage would have been used to fund the library\u2019s operations. Based on the township\u2019s average taxable value, the millage would equate to slightly more than $8 a year. It would have been in place for three years and it was estimated to raise $7,689 in the first year. \u201cI was happy to see the millage pass,\u201d said Chase Township Supervisor Ken Shoemaker. \u201cI\u2019m glad the people came out and supported the millage. It was a little disappointing that the library one did not pass.\u201d Both services were put up to a millage due to dwindling township revenues. The township could not continue to financially support both at the levels it had in the past, so two millages were proposed. When the millages were discussed at township meetings, residents often voiced their opinions on not wanting to pay more taxes, which fire department to contract with and whether or not to fund the library. William Ganzak, 82, voted in Tuesday\u2019s election. He said he is an avid voter and thought this election was especially important because of what was on the ballot. He voted for the fire millage because he liked that Reed City has medical first responders and he believes the department does a good job. He also voted for the library millage because he believes its an asset to the community. \u201c(The Library) is important to all the people, especially those who have children,\u201d Ganzak said. \u201cBesides, a lot of adults go in there, and at times it\u2019s a chance to say hello to people that you haven\u2019t seen in a while.\u201d Although the library\u2019s millage did not pass, it does not mean it is closing its doors. Enough money has been raised through donations and fundraisers to keep the library open through the fiscal year. However, the library\u2019s future still is uncertain. Library Director Roxanne Ware said she is OK even though the millage did not pass. She had some \u201ctouchy moments,\u201d she admits, but overall the vote proved to her that people within the township do care about the library. Although the millage was defeated by 5 percentage points, only 19 actual votes kept it from passing. \u201c(Residents) see where we are at and they know that it\u2019s something that is really important here,\u201d Ware said. \u201cOf course you have a few that don\u2019t, but that\u2019s OK. Everybody has their own opinion. I think as long as we have people that are willing to stand behind us and help us through \u2014 sure it is going to be tough sometimes \u2014 but I am feeling optimistic about it. Moving forward the library will likely have to rely on donations and fundraisers more to cover its operating costs, but that should be easier because the library has a board in place and a group of volunteers now, Ware said. The library also won\u2019t be completely on its own. \u201c(The township is) still going to continue to support the library,\u201d Shoemaker said. \u201cThey will still be encouraged to do the fundraising and festivals, but we are not going to close the library.\u201d For some residents though, Tuesday\u2019s millage proposals weren\u2019t about whether they supported the services as much as it was about levying taxes. Gerald Patterson, 69, is a Vietnam veteran and says he votes just about every chance he gets. While voting against both of the millages, Patterson was mainly focused on one thing. It wasn\u2019t uncommon for other residents to support the library and fire protection services but vote the millages down because they did not want to pay more taxes, Shoemaker said. Chase Township\u2019s fire protection contract ended with Reed City last month. Yates Township Fire Department agreed to cover Chase until the election was over. Shoemarker said he intended to resign the contract with Reed City as early as Wednesday night. Shoemaker believes residents passed the fire protection millage because they wanted to have medical first responders and they wanted to keep their insurance rates down. For complete results of Tuesday\u2019s special elections, visit www.lakecounty-michigan.com.