2018-08-12 / Insight

North Branch Twp. voters narrowly pass library renewal

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NORTH BRANCH TWP. — Voters in North Branch Township showed their support of their township’s library during Tuesday’s election by passing a proposal seeking renewal of a 1.0-mill proposal for the operation of North Branch Township Library (NBTL).

The margin was close — 365 voters approved the millage, while 305 voted to reject it. Ultimately, voters approved a 10-year millage, estimated in the first year to collect $97,000 that will be used for general operating purposes for the NBTL.

The current millage, that expired last year, was approved Aug. 7, 2012. Funds generated by the millage represent approximately 87 percent of the library’s operating funds and covers the cost of materials, programs, computers, technology and personnel, along with the building maintenance, repairs and utilities. In recent years, thanks in part to rising costs of utilities and other expenses, the library has become reliant on the millage for daily operation.

NBTL Director Kelli Lovasz said she and the library staff are “very excited” about the passing of the millage. “We are very grateful to our North Branch Township voters who passed our millage,” she said. “We appreciate their continued support of the NBTL.”

Thanks to the millage, Lovasz said she and the NBTL staff will not only be able to continue their current programming options, but will be looking to expand as well. “We look forward to continuing our current programming as well as growing our program options,” she said. “We are excited about the digitization of our local historic (North Branch Gazette) newspaper collections.”

For information on future programming, visit the NBTL website at www.northbranchlibrary.org or the library’s Facebook page, “North Branch Library.”

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