On August 2, voters of Fremont and Dayton Townships will be asked to restore a previously authorized millage of 0.75 mills to fund the Mayville District Public Library for another ten years.
The proposed millage is a renewal of a previously authorized 0.7129 operating mills that expired in December 2021, and includes an additional new millage of .0371 mills that will, together, restore the rate to .7500.
This is the library’s only millage, is for 10 years and will provide 70% of the library’s estimated operating expenses each year; including providing quality programs and resources for patrons of all ages, books, movies and magazines in both print and digital formats, access to online resources, public computers and WiFi.
The millage should should cost property owners about the same as their bill from last year, but with a slight increase of .0371 mill to restore the rate to .75 mill. For example, the district library tax for property with a taxable value of $40,000 would be $30.00 (.75 x $40,000, divided by 1000). The average cost of a new hardcover book is $28.00.
The usage of the library has steadily increased since the Covid shutdown. It’s a busy place again, with the programs that are offered, computers available and of course the great books that can be checked out. This millage is critical to enable us to provide library service to our community.
When is the library millage election?
Mayville District Public Library’s millage election will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2022.
What is the millage rate that is requested?
This is mostly a renewal of the library’s only millage. Our previous millage was for 10 years, and has ended. MDPL has operated successfully under the original millage rate of .75 mill since 2012. However, the rate was reduced periodically to the current rate of .7129 mill. This was due to an amendment in the Michigan Constitution that requires local governments to reduce millage rates when growth on existing property is greater than the rate of inflation (the Headlee Amendment). On Aug. 2 voters will be asked to restore MDPL’s millage rate back to .75 mill.
How much will this millage cost me?
It should cost about the same as your bill from last year, but with a slight increase of .0371 mill to restore the rate to .75 mill. For example, the district library tax for property with a taxable value of $40,000 would be $30.00 (.75 x $40,000, divided by 1000). The average cost of a new hardcover book is $28.00.
How long will this millage last?
This millage will last for ten years, 2022 to 2031.
How is the library currently funded?
The MDPL is currently funded through the millage, penal fines, State Aid, patron donations, and services fees.
The library has faced dramatic decreases in penal fine revenue in the last few years.
How much will the millage provide the MDPL?
The millage will provide the library’s estimated operating expenses each year; including providing quality programs and resources for patrons of all ages, books, movies and magazines in both print and digital formats, access to online resources, public computers and WiFi.
Who does the MDPL serve?
The District consists of Fremont and Dayton Townships in Tuscola County, Michigan. The Library also serves people outside of our district in hope that our patrons may visit other libraries and receive service.
What is the wording on the ballot?
Library Millage Proposal
Shall the Mayville District Library, County of Tuscola, be
authorized to levy annually an amount not to exceed .75 mill
($0.75 for each $1,000 of taxable value), of which .7129 mill is a
renewal of the previously authorized millage that expired in 2021
and .0371 mill is new additional millage, against all taxable
property within the Mayville District Library district for a period
of ten (10) years, 2022 to 2031, inclusive, for the purpose of
providing funds for all district library purposes authorized by law?
The estimate of the revenue the Mayville District Library will
collect in the first year of levy (2022) if the millage is approved
and levied by the Library is approximately $110,200.
What is included in operating expenses?
Operating expenses include, but are not limited to materials, salaries, utilities, programs and free computer internet access.
Why is the MDPL seeking the millage?
The current library millage has expired, and the library is seeking the new millage to continue to operate the library and provide the community with quality resources and programming to 2031. The increase will help us with repairs to the building, such as a new roof, HVAC unit, sidewalks and façade.