2016 Election Proposal Guide: Dexter Library, Transportation, Veterans

In addition to the candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot, four proposals will also be up for election by Dexter area residents, with a library millage being the only purely local proposal.

Library Director Paul McCann emphasized that the current proposal for a 0.6866 mill ($.6866 on each $1,000 of taxable value per home) is a renewal of an existing mill, not a tax increase, and that Dexter District Library patrons get a good value for their tax dollar.

He pointed out that this represents the second lowest operational millage rate for a library in Washtenaw County, while Dexter’s library is the busiest Class 4 library in state of Michigan. Classes are determined by the Library of Michigan based on population.

“We circulate more books than any other Class 4 library,” McCann said, adding that the library provides many other services as well as space for community groups to meet. McCann said a strategic planning session found that area patrons are happy with the services, programs and collections the Dexter District Library provides but that library staff are always looking for ways to improve patrons’ experience.

Questions about the library millage may be directed to McCann by calling the Library at 426-4477 or via e-mail pmccann@dexter.lib.mi.us.

The other three proposals up for election affect all of Washtenaw County.

The first county-wide proposition asks for authorization to levy 0.50 mills to “provide funding to maintain, reconstruct, resurface, or preserve roads, bike lanes, streets, and paths” in Washtenaw County.

A second proposal that affects all of Washtenaw County is a proposition to “increase the tax limitation for the county Department of Veterans Affairs” and fund more services for veterans through the operation of the county’s Department of Veterans Affairs.

The third county-wide proposal aims to levy an assessment for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan at a rate of 1.2 mills ($1.20 per $1,000 of taxable value) for 20 years beginning in 2016 and ending in 2035. The money raised would be used for “the purpose of construction and operation of a public transportation system connecting Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, and Wayne counties, including rapid transit bus routes across county lines.”

More information on the proposals is available at the Washtenaw County elections webpage: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/governent/clerk_register/elections/2016-elections/november- 8-2016- proposals.

Sarah Rigg is a freelance writer and editor in southeast Michigan. You may reach her at sarahrigg1@gmail.com.

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