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.
What Happens if the Millage Passes?
The Library will continue to welcome, connect, and enrich the communities we serve by providing:
Digital materials, like ebooks and streaming movies and television
Computers and technologyPrograms, storytimes, and classes on a wide variety of topics
A growing collection of physical items beyond books, like board games, lawn games, technology, and more
A community space for you to connect
What happens if the millage fails?
This millage accounts for approximately 55% of the library’s operating budget. Long-term, the library is not able to operate at the current level without this funding. Failure to pass the August 4 ballot request will result in significant reductions to library services, which could include cuts to hours, purchasing of digital and physical materials, and staffing. This would be followed by closure of the library once reserve funds are exhausted.
SLDL By the Numbers
From March 1, 2020 to May 31, 2020, our patrons checked out 14,147 digital items to read, view, or listen to during the pandemic.
Use of digital items like ebooks and streaming movies has increased 155% from 2015 to 2019.
In 2019, more than 263,000 physical and digital items were checked out from the library.
More than 10,000 people have a library card at SLDL.