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Capital Area District Libraries Ask Voters for Renewal

Capital Area District Libraries Ask Voters for Renewal

By FOX 47 News. CREATED Aug 5, 2014

The Capital Area District Library System (CADL) is hoping voters will decide to renew a 4 year operating millage at the polls.

A renewal means voters will continue to pay the same amount to support the public library system.

For example, if your house is worth $100,000, you will continue to pay around $78 a year.

This is the same amount voters agreed to pay in 2006 when the renewal at this rate was first approved, and again in 2010 - each time at the same rate of 1.56 mills.

The money generated through this operating millage would go to running the library. Revenue would fund the purchase of print and digital books and magazines. Money would also fund internet access and education programs.

Library officials say they have expanded services and cut operating expenses by $1.6 million, even though decreasing property values in Ingham County have led to a $1.4 million loss in tax revenue.

Everyone in Ingham County has the opportunity to vote on the millage renewal, except in East Lansing, which operates its own library.

Around 90% of CADL revenue for its 13 branches comes from the millage.

Polls are open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.