Have a millage-related question? Email LibraryDecision2020@troypl.org!
What is a millage rate and where do I find mine?
A millage rate is the rate at which property taxes are levied on property. A mill is 1/1000 of a dollar. Property taxes are computed by multiplying the taxable value of the property by the number of mills levied.
The millage rate can be found on the property tax statement or by contacting your city/township/village/county assessor's office or on their web site.
How does a millage rate work?
A millage rate is the tax rate used to calculate local property taxes. The millage rate represents the amount per every $1,000 of a property's assessed value. Assigned millage rates are multiplied by the total taxable value of the property in order to arrive at the property taxes.
When is the TPL millage vote?
Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
Is the millage renewal a tax increase?
Yes. You can calculate what your new library tax would be with our Library Millage Estimator.
If the millage renewal passes, will the Library be open on Fridays?
How should I vote on the Library Millage?
That is an individual, personal decision. Here is some information that the City of Troy is mailing to all homes with registered voters.
Why won't you tell me how to vote? Don't you care about the Library?
As City employees, we are unable to advocate for or against any ballot question while on Library time.
What are the required upgrades and maintenance needs?
TPL is actually two buildings: one opened in 1971 and expanded in 1984. The City spends approximately $300,000 annually to maintain them. Unfortunately, that is not enough. Another $228,000 was deferred this year because the current library millage could not cover those costs. Examples include replacing the windows and repairing the elevator. Both are original equipment dating back to 1984. In addition, the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems also need to be replaced in the next few years.
If voters approve the new library millage, TPL will be able to perform building maintenance and implement some of the most frequently requested upgrades like replacing the furniture (also original equipment dating back to 1971 and 1984). Other examples include providing study rooms, creating a dedicated teen area, and establishing a maker space.
What happens if this millage does not pass?
The Library will likely close if the new library millage is not approved. The current 0.6805 mills dedicated library millage generates approximately $3.5 million and it is unlikely the City could reduce General Fund spending to replace it.
What did the library do with the money we have been charged the last few years?
The funding from the previous millage has been used to operate and maintain TPL.