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Sunday, November 7, 2010

Why do the wealthiest cities say NO to libraries?


Oakland Press article on surprising library proposal defeats in Troy and Bloomfield Hills~

Library rejection not norm around county

Saturday, November 6, 2010

By SHAUN BYRON
Of The Oakland Press
In an election year with 10 millages for libraries across the state, only two in Oakland County didn’t pass.
On Tuesday, Troy voters said no to four separate proposals for millage that would keep open a library that the City Council has decided to close next summer. And in Bloomfield Hills, 61.4 percent of the voters told the Bloomfield Township library no to passing 0.671 mills for six years.
It was an out-of-the-ordinary set of circumstances to Gretchen Couraud, executive director to the Michigan Library Association.
“The library millages always tend to pass,” she said. “What you are experiencing in Oakland County is unique.”
Voters in Troy had four separate proposals calling for four different millages between 0.9585 and 0.9995. The millages would have provided dollars to fund a public library independent of the city.
Proposal 1, calling for a 10-year millage of 0.9885 mills, lost by a narrow margin — 48.9 percent voted yes, while 51.1 percent voted no.

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