Opinion: Millage is small price to pay to protect services at Ypsilanti District Library
Ypsilanti District Library users, I urge you to assure your library’s continued excellent services and book collections. Vote yes on Nov. 2 to reinstate the .38 millage funds lost because of Headlee rollbacks and decreased property taxes.
Revenues have been reduced by 13 percent this year. Expectations are that similar reductions will occur in the next two resulting in a 36 percent loss over a three-year period. Cost-cutting has taken place where possible but the library cannot sustain this decrease as it moves into the future.
What would your yes vote mean? If your home is valued at $100,000 you would be asked to pay just $38 more over a year’s time, only $3.20 a month. This is a very small price to pay to ensure that library services and book collections are sheltered from a diminished economic reality.
Jean Nelson Board Member, Ypsilanti District Library