What will happen if voters do not approve the new library millage?
The Library will likely close if the new library millage is not approved. The expiring library millage generates approximately $3.5 million annually and it is unlikely the City could reduce its annual General Fund spending to replace it. That is why the first dedicated millage was approved in 2011.
Why is the new library millage greater than the expiring library millage?
The expiring library millage was intended to fund library services at Great Recession levels (six days a week). However, it no longer covers the full cost of maintaining or operating the Library. For example, the City’s Capital Projects Fund, not the Library Fund, funded approximately $1.2 million for renovations and roof replacement in fiscal year 2019-2020. After examining several options, City Council approved a ballot question to allow voters to replace the expiring millage with a new millage of up to 1.1 mills for 10 years. The new library millage will allow the Library to restore 7-day service, perform building maintenance, and implemented needed upgrades.
Will the Library open on Fridays if voters approve the new library millage?
Yes! If approved, the new library millage will allow the Library to restore 7-day service in 2021.
What kind of building maintenance and upgrades will the new library millage fund?
Maintenance includes replacing the windows and repairing the elevator. Both are original equipment dating back to 1984. The heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems also need to be replaced.
What kind of upgrades will the new library millage fund?
Furniture replacement is badly needed. Most current furniture is original equipment dating back to 1971 and 1984. Other examples of upgrades include providing study rooms, creating a dedicated teen area, and establishing a maker space, which are the upgrades most frequently requested by library patrons.
What will happen to my City property taxes if voters approve the new library millage?
1.1 mills equates to about $12 per month for the average residential taxpayer (based on Taxable Value of $130,000). If approved, the new library millage will increase the City’s total millage by less than 0.04 mills because the City’s debt millage ends in 2021 and cannot be renewed or replaced without voter approval. In other words, the City’s total millage will increase by only 0.40% if voters approve the new library millage. To find out what the new library millage will mean for your household, please visit the Library Millage Estimator.
How, when, where do I vote?
The new library millage question is on the back of the November 3, 2020 ballot under “CITY PROPOSALS” near the bottom. You can see the library millage question and everything else on your ballot by visiting the Michigan Voter Information Center website at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/PublicBallot. Visit the City’s election information page at https://troymi.gov/departments/city_clerk/election_information.php to learn more voting.
The ballot question states, 'If approved, the millage would raise approximately $5,787,978 in 2021, the first year it is levied. The majority of the revenue from the levy millage would be disbursed to the City, and could be used only for library operations, maintenance, and capital improvements. State law also requires disbursement to the Troy Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.' If approved, how much revenue would be disbursed to the Troy Brownfield Redevelopment Authority?
Approximately $5,275. This is required by state law. State law required disbursement of the current library millage (approved in 2015) to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA), Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA). State law has changed since then so the City is able to opt-out of the DDA and LDFA tax capture but not the BRA.
Should I vote yes or no on the new library millage?
Section 57 of the Michigan Campaign Finance Act limits how the City can use public resources (facilities, money, staff time, etc.) to campaign for ballot questions. Generally speaking, the City can use public resources to communicate factual information regarding the ballot question, and the effect of its approval or disapproval. We cannot use public resources to expressly advocate a vote for or against the ballot question. In other words, we can’t say “Vote yes” or “Vote no” on the ballot question. Download this Fact Sheet from the Michigan Municipal League to learn more.
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.
Are there current numbers which provide insight as to how many people have utilized our library each year over the past 5 years?
Library Statistics July 1, 2015-March 15, 2020
- Yearly Average number of visitors: 410,000
- Yearly Average Visits to the TPL website: 237,000
- Yearly Average Number of Items Checked Out: 1,241,000
- Yearly Average Programs: 692
- Yearly Average Program Attendance: 31,600
- Yearly Average Youth Program Attendance: 21,032
63% of all Troy households have a Troy Public Library card.