Library Budget Crisis
Thank you to all Northville residents who attended the Public Information Session on July 21 about the Library budget crisis. The comments and suggestions were invaluable to the Board of Trustees, who are considering all options.
Here's a brief recap for those unable to attend. Revenues for the Library are shrinking rapidly. The majority of our income -- about 96% -- comes from property taxes which are decreasing due to the decline in property values in the City and Township.
To date, the Library has frozen staff salaries, cut the materials budget, increased fines and improved efficiencies. However, more severe cuts such as closing the Library for one day a week or reducing evening and weekend hours, drastically cutting the budget for books, DVDs and other materials, and eliminating programs like Storytimes will happen if revenues are not increased.
In an effort to avoid further cuts like these, the Board of Trustees voted on July 22 to place a 0.2 millage increase for 5 years on the November 2 ballot. The cost to a homeowner of a $200,000 home ($100,000 taxable value) is approximately $20 per year.
The slide presentation that was delivered on July 21 is now available for your review.
For more information, we've provided for you a Northville District Library Budget Crisis Fact Sheet.