We want to increase our hours and enhance our services! A replacement millage on the ballot for the August 2nd primary would restore services and boost materials budgets, both of which have been reduced or cut since 2014.
We have a plan to restore and increase our hours of operation and be open to the public seven days per week; purchase more books, movies and music, and create a dedicated collection of e-books that will be exclusive to Ferndale residents, dramatically increasing selection and reducing or eliminating waiting lists for our most popular electronic materials.
With this millage, we will upgrade our public computer workstations in both the adult lab and Kids Corner, order more on-demand digital resources (like eBooks, Audiobooks and online learning tools) and organize more literacy programs for K-12th grade readers.
What you’ll see on the ballot: The Ferndale Area District Library’s Board of Trustees is proposing 3.5 mills for 10 years, starting in 2017. This will actually REPLACE the current millage that was approved in 2007 at 2.0 mills. The great recession of 2008 was particularly hard on institutions like libraries, because our revenue is tied to property taxes. Since 2009, net revenue available for library operations is down 35%.
This millage rate proposed on August 2 is based on community feedback, from a survey last December, where patrons expressed a desire for more hours, more computer access and more programming. The current rate costs the average homeowner $113/year, while the new rate would cost $210/year (an increase of $8 per month for most households). Essentially, this is 4 cents out of every tax dollar going to support the library.
We’re grateful for the community’s support and eager to further enhance our services.
Don’t forget to vote on August 2nd.
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