I've just sat through my second Library Conversation/Community Engagement discussion regarding this very necessary library millage.
As usually happens when I'm amongst those who are discussing the issue, I'm amazed at how some choose to see it.
One of the things that keeps being bandied about is that "once this passes, it will NEVER go away!"
Au contraire, mes amis...on the contrary. Let's look at the FACTS (you know, those pesky details that combat rumor, gossip and lies???).
This millage is for FIVE YEARS ONLY.
In five years, we'll have FIVE choices:
-- renew this millage at its present level (.7 mills).
-- renew the millage for more than or less than the present level.
-- fund the library back in the general fund without dedicated revenue if things improve such that it's feasible.
-- ask for funding for an independent library (like Proposal 1 in November 2010)
-- CLOSE THE LIBRARY.
The point is that WE HAVE THE CHOICE. The millage is finite; it only lasts for five years.
If things improve by then...we may not need .7 mills. We might be able to LOWER the mill rate or do away with it and just leave it up to the current council and mayor to spread the general fund far enough to include it with everything else.
It's up to the public. There is no permanency -- and believe me, you can BET the library employees know that little detail.
There are some remaining engagement sessions. Consider attending to share and receive accurate information.
Tuesday, July 19, 1 pm, Troy Community Center Room 305
Tuesday, July 19, 7 pm, Big Beaver United Methodist, 3753 John R
Wednesday, July 20, 1:30 pm, Troy Community Center Room 303
But if you want to keep a thriving community? JUST VOTE YES ON AUGUST 2.