Troy MI Library Levy Defeated

The future of the Troy Public Library is "as clear as mud," the city's lawyer said Wednesday, after voters defeated four millage proposals designed to create and fund an independent library board.

And in Bloomfield Hills, voters sent a resounding "no" on Tuesday to a six-year, 0.617-mill library levy, with 61% of voters shooting down the measure, 1,342-842. Supporters sought to resume a lending contract with Bloomfield Township's library or strike up a new deal with the library in Birmingham.

The Troy measure is likely to become a topic of Monday's City Council meeting, where Mayor Louise Schilling is expected to bring up the possible censure of Councilman Martin Howrylak over his letter advocating the measures' defeat.

Troy's Proposal 1, the 10-year, 0.9885-millage, failed by 689 votes, 15,590-14,901, with 51% voting against it. The three other millage proposals failed by more than 80% of the vote each.

The library is scheduled to close July 1, after the City Council slashed funding and library hours this year and all funding by June 30.

Read more: Detroit Free Press.


The State of the Troy Public Library - IMHO
I went to the Troy City Council meeting last night to see what the plan was for the library was.
It took a long time to get through the censure hearing, which turned into nothing, and all the public comments in which people either praised Howrylak for his good works or criticized him and TCU for working so hard to defeat our last-ditch citizens' effort to save our library.
I stayed for an extra hour because I wanted to see Item L-1 which was
Scheduling of a Special City Council Meeting – Purpose of Revising 2011/Future Budgets to Provide Funding for the Library – Referred by City Council Member Fleming
The wording for Councilman Fleming's potential resolution was
RESOLVED, That Troy City Council hereby SCHEDULES a Special Meeting on, in the Council Boardroom of Troy City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver, Troy, MI 48084 for the purpose of revising the 2011 budget and future year's budgets with the goal of providing funding for the library.
I was very excited to hear this.
But no criticism here. Fleming's goal was to meet in 2 weeks to re-open the budget to see where they could cut to save the library. He was trying to show his sense of urgency.
That makes sense.
The library will start the process of shutting down in January.
We need a plan now.
But as the council chatter went on, it was clear Fleming's optimism was baseless. The city council won't have the details of next year's city revenues until January 17th, or so, so what's the point of seeing what fat they can shave off the budget when they don't know what the income will be. And Councilwoman Kerwin said repeatedly that the numbers coming in are looking even worse than expected. There's going to be even less money than when they voted to close the library in the first place.
There is no plan. There is no money.

$3.5 million a year for what?

Reduce hours was a suggestion... state then does not provide additional funds. So? Is it worth it to completely close the library or have it open less hours of the week?

I would support a plan to substantially reduce the hours of operation.

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