On the February 27, 2024 presidential primary ballot, Bloomfield Township residents will be presented with the opportunity to renew a millage for Bloomfield Township Public Library. The Library Board of Trustees is asking voters to consider renewing the existing current millage rate in order to maintain the existing level of funding for the Library.
Watch Library Director Tera Moon and Library Board of Trustees President Dani Gillman discuss the millage renewal proposal at the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees Meeting on November 13, 2023.
Learn more at a Library Ballot Proposal Informational Session with the Library Director:
Wednesday, January 17 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 15 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
The Library is a vibrant pillar of the community, serving the 44,235 residents of Bloomfield Township with resources, technology, and support for all ages. During the April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023 fiscal year alone, more than 191,000 people visited the Library, approximately 615,000 items were checked out, and the Library held 618 programs, which more than 16,000 people enjoyed.
What will it cost?
The Library is currently supported by three separate millage rates, two of which are levied in perpetuity and one of which expired at the end of 2023. This proposal asks Bloomfield Township voters to consider renewing the 2023 expired millage at the current rate of .5047* for 10 years. This funding accounts for approximately 27% of the Library’s current total revenues. The renewal would not increase current tax payments and would continue to cost the average taxpayer approximately $151 per year on a home with a taxable value of $300,000. In 2024, taxpayers will see a lower tax bill from the Library as a 20-year bond payment for the 2008 Building Improvements Project is paid off.
*A millage rate of .5410 was approved in 2014 for a period of 10 years and expired in 2023. The current rate of .5047 is a result of Headlee rollbacks.
If the millage renewal is approved…
- Current service levels, hours, and staffing will be sustained.
- Collections of books, media, and more will be kept up-to-date and expanded to inform and entertain the community.
- Technology and digital resources will be expanded to provide innovative, robust experiences for all ages.
- Library spaces will be reimagined for increased inclusion, flexibility, and comfort, including more robust early childhood, tween, and teen spaces, as well as quiet study and reading areas.
- Community members will have more opportunities to connect through programming around diverse interests, creative pursuits, and thought-provoking topics.
- Necessary building and grounds maintenance and repairs, including to the roof and lower level, will continue on schedule.
If the millage renewal is not approved…
If the millage renewal is not approved, serious cuts will have to be made to account for the loss of 27% of the Library’s total revenues. These cuts may include:
- Fewer programs for children and adults
- Limited building improvements
- Less access to new technology and digital resources
- Limited collections
- Reduced service hours
- Reduced staffing and less assistance with library services
This funding will directly impact Bloomfield Township residents’ access to vital resources such as books, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and educational programs, and will allow the Library to continue to operate as a place where residents of all ages can study, work, and connect with one another in a safe, welcoming environment. Your vote matters and will help to shape the future of the Library.