Library millage on Aug. 2 ballot in Ingham County
by Head Librarian Sherri McConnell
Capital Area District Libraries’ millage is up for restoration and renewal on the Aug. 2 ballot for those who own homes in Ingham County. The millage provides 90% of CADL’s operating budget. If the millage does not pass, many library services will be eliminated, and branches may have to close.
CADL has operated under the same millage rate of 1.56 mills since 2006. But since the Headlee Amendment, that millage rate was reduced over the past two years. Voters will be asked to restore the previous rate of 1.56 mills. For the average homeowner, that is only a 47¢ per year increase from the current reduced rate of 1.5528 mills.
Restoring our millage will allow CADL to continue providing impactful library services to our communities, including books, movies and music; internet access; expert staff; programming; and educational resources for more than 20,000 area students.
I am excited about a recently implemented service, automatic renewal. Now, when you check out most items and no one else is waiting for it, it will renew two times without you lifting a finger. Phew! It is one less thing to put on your to-do list.
Speaking of renewal, during these late summer days, stop in for a relaxing beach read or fun family movie. For a backyard cookout or camp-out, borrow one of our lawn games: Spikeball, Ladderball, Giant Jenga, cornhole, bocce ball and more. Look for your next game at cadl.org/things. We have other ways to “pass” a summer day with a Potter Park Zoo pass and Michigan Activity Pass – that will give you free or reduced admissions to hundreds of parks, museums and more across the state. Learn more about the MAP at cadl.org/map, and check out the zoo and Michigan passes at cadl.org/things.
Capital Area District Libraries’ Stockbridge Branch is located at 200 Wood St. For more information, call 517-851-7810 or visit cadl.org.