Update: On August 4, 2020, 77.8% of voters said YES to renewing the library millage.
Election Day is August 4, 2020
For residents of Spring Lake Township and the Village of Spring Lake, there will be a question on the upcoming election ballot regarding a renewal of SLDL’s library millage. It will appear as the last item on the ballot, on the back side.
Renewal, Not an Increase
This millage is a renewal of a millage passed in 2001, when the new library facility was built, to support the operational expenses of a larger facility. The 2020 millage request is for 10 more years, at the current rate.
Estimated Tax Payment
To figure out your portion, take 1/2 the market value of your property and divide it by 1,000 and multiply by 1.1285 mills. With this renewal, a homeowner with a $200,000 home ($100,000 taxable value) will pay approximately $112.85 per year, or $9.41 per month.
Another library millage that taxpayers have been paying will expire after 2020. That .47 mills, listed as SL Library Debt, has been used since 2001 to pay off the 20-year construction loan on the library and will no longer be collected.
What will the ballot question say?
Shall the Spring Lake District Library, County of Ottawa, State of Michigan, be authorized to levy annually an amount not to exceed 1.1285 mills ($1.1285 on each $1,000 of taxable value), which is a renewal of the previously authorized millage rate that expires in 2020, against all taxable property within the Spring Lake District Library district for a period of ten (10) years, 2021 to 2030, inclusive, for the purpose of providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law? The estimate of the revenue the Spring Lake District Library will collect in the first of levy (2021) if the millage is approved and levied by the district library is approximately $920,000. By law, a portion of the millage may be subject to capture by the Ottawa County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.