All Districts — By an almost a three-to-one margin, the Kent District Library’s millage renewal passed with 55,975 yes to 16,803 no votes, according to unofficial results from the Kent County Clerk’s office.
“We will continue to do what we always do, which is to provide five-star library service,” said KDL Executive Director Lance Werner. “It’s a privilege to serve and support a community that so strongly supports and values their library. With total circulation and program attendance setting new records, the value and services delivered will continue to grow because we are committed to the community.”
The 15-year operating renewal of 1.1 mills is a reduction from the current rate of 1.2355. It is projected to generate $26.6 million in its first year. Funds are used for the operations of the library system. The current millage is through 2024, but with the millage renewal, the KDL Board has committed to lowering the millage rate effective Jan. 1, according to KDL officials.
KDL services residents in 27 municipalities through 20 branches, which includes the KDL Kelloggsville branch at Kelloggsville High School. KDL also has a Bookmobile, offers more than 5,600 programs and outreach efforts, and hosts services such as in-branch printer/Wi-Fi access, loanable mobile hotspots, early literacy initiatives, and the Talking Book & Braille Center. KDL partners with almost every school system in the service area.
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