The Chamber’s Board of Directors recently endorsed the .9548-mills being sought over the next 10 years by TADL that goes before local voters at the August 2 primary election. It would replace a 20-year voter-approved millage levy that expired in 2015
Russ Knopp, chairman of the Chamber’s Government Relations Committee, said in addition to the vast array of services that TADL provides to the general public, it also serves a key role for the area’s business sector and the region’s work force.
“The library system provides digital access to individuals who are looking to improve their skill sets or looking to improve their employment status,” Knopp said. “The regional business community overwhelmingly supports the millage renewal for the Traverse Area District Library.”
If approved, the .9548-mill levy will generate an estimated $4,247,553 in annual revenue across its service area, which includes Grand Traverse County and the portion of Traverse City located within Leelanau County. It will cost the owner of an average home approximately $6.67 per month. The levy millage will not increase local taxes as it is the same as the previous levy. TADL officials also noted the facilities bond millage approved by voters in 1996 will expire after this year’s levy.
TADL millage funds are distributed to all public libraries in Grand Traverse County. Those include the facilities controlled by the TADL Board – the Main Library on Woodmere Avenue in Traverse City, the East Bay Branch on Three Mile Road and the Kingsley Branch Library on Brownson Ave. The millage also supports TADL Member Libraries that include the Fife Lake Public Library, the Interlochen Public Library and the Peninsula Community Library.
More information on the Traverse Area District Library is available on its website at www.tadl.org