Voters facing millage over library in Birmingham

(WXYZ) - It’s countdown to the vote in Birmingham

A $21.5 million library renovation and expansion question is to be decided by voters during a Tuesday special election.

“I’ve lived here since 1965 and I can’t think of a time that we’ve ever turned down a millage vote for our schools and this is a great resource for our schools,” said Jeff Johnson as he left the library just before the noon hour.

Resident Bob Mervak is opposed to paying more.

“I think the taxes in Birmingham are far too steep as it is,” he told 7 Action News. “I think absolutely not.”

The Baldwin Library dates back to 1927.  Two previous additions, one in 1960 another in 1981, added square footage but millage supporters say times have changed and updates are needed.

“We’re just trying to say before we throw more money in a library of the past, let’s step back and maybe we want to jump on board with these progressive towns,” said Stuart Jeffares, a local realtor who represents Birmingham Strong, a group supporting the bond.

Plans call for more meeting rooms, more opportunity for collaboration and a greater emphasis on technology.
If approved by voters, the average cost  of the additional .77 mill per home would be $124 a year for 20 years, according to library officials. 

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