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County residents overwhelmingly approve KDL millage renewal

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.

KDL is a sustaining sponsor of School News Network.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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