Millage Proposal

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Millage Proposal

Vote Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Referendum
Why is the Chesterfield Township Library requesting a new millage in the amount of 1.00 mill for a period of 20 years?
In 1994, residents of Chesterfield Township approved an operating millage rate of 0.7 mills. This rate has been reduced by more than 12% to 0.615 mills over the years because of the Headlee Amendment. The effects of these losses equate to over $153,000 annually. Learn more about the library's budget and finances.

The purpose of the referendum is to fund the construction and operation of the new public library.
Watch the architect's presentation via YouTube video of the February 25, 2020 Township Board meeting. (@ minute 11:35)
Read the architect's narrative regarding the construction design of the new public library. 

Estimated construction time is 3 years.

If the millage is APPROVED:
  • The construction of a new, 35,000 square foot public library building to serve the needs of modern library users in our growing community
  • Elimination of $120,000 per year in facility rental costs to be redirected into early literacy programs and outreach partnerships
  • Individual quiet study rooms, small group tutoring spaces, conference room, community performance room
  • Increased public service hours including Sundays
  • Expansion of seating areas for adults, teens and children with windows and natural light
  • Expansion of library services for young children, students, families, seniors, small business owners and others
  • Increased investment in innovative technologies and library materials including physical and digital books, movies and music, online instruction for every age, research tools
  • Improved access to genealogy and local history collections
If the millage is NOT APPROVED:
  • Inadequate public library facility space limited to 21,000 square feet (13,500 finished public space) with capacity for only 116 people in a community of 50,000 residents
  • Inadequate investment in public infrastructure through continually increasing rental costs with no public ownership
  • Inadequate public service hours
  • Inadequate technologies limited to 14 public computers and 8 electrical outlets
  • Inadequate meeting space for tutoring, scout troops or community organizations
  • Inadequate ("no") private study rooms
  • Inadequate public parking for programs and events

How much will it cost?
The chart below illustrates what the new millage will cost based on the market value of a home.
Market Value of Home
(Taxable Value is 50% of Market Value)
New Millage Annual Cost New Millage Monthly Cost New Millage Daily Cost
$100,000 $50.00 $4.17 $0.14 cents
$150,000 $75.00 $6.25 $0.21 cents
$200,000 $100.00 $8.33 $0.27 cents
$250,000 $125.00 $10.42 $0.34 cents
$300,000 $150.00 $12.50 $0.41 cents

The chart below illustrates what the total millage will cost based on the market value of a home.
Market Value of Home
(Taxable Value is 50% of Market Value)
Current Operating Millage Cost Total New plus Current Millage Annual Cost Total New plus Current Millage Monthly Cost Total New plus Current Millage Daily Cost
$100,000 $30.75 $80.75 $6.73 $0.22 cents
$150,000 $46.13 $121.13 $10.09 $0.33 cents
$200,000 $61.50 $161.50 $13.46 $0.44 cents
$250,000 $76.88 $201.88 $16.82 $0.55 cents
$300,000 $92.25 $242.25 $20.19 $0.66 cents

Vote Tuesday, August 3, 2021
Find your polling place, make sure you are registered, request an absentee ballot, and more at the Michigan Secretary of State.