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Grand Rapids Library Vote on Tuesday Ballot


Like reading? Like libraries? Like the programs and activities libraries offer? The Grand Rapids Public Library would like you to know about a millage proposal Nov. 7 to improve services and programs for the community.

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The library is asking for 0.3741 mills for 20 years, which is the same amount homeowners already pay, so no increase is involved. This is the same amount approved in 1997, but that millage expires this year. The average cost homeowners are currently paying per year for the library is $18.76, which figures out to about .04 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. If voters approve, this will continue.

According to library officials, if the measure is approved, it will pay for preschool and kindergarten reading programs, digital streaming, eBooks and keeping the eight locations up-to-date. If it fails, they may need to reduce book numbers, which means longer waits for books. Hours also might be reduced and outreach programs to school and preschools may be eliminated.

According to library records, more than 1.5 million people use the library each year and nearly 250,000 people use the computers and Wi-Fi available there.

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Linda Odette
Linda Odette
Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio or email Linda.

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