Many governmental agencies, professional organizations, and businesses are urging a “yes” vote on Proposal 1 on August 5. This week the library board followed the lead of others and passed a resolution of support.
This proposal accomplishes two major goals without raising taxes:
- Provides a tax cut for small businesses by ending the personal property tax they are required to pay
- Creates a stable, reliable funding system for such services as police, fire, roads, libraries, and other community services as a replacement for personal property tax revenues
Many organizations and media outlets have published FAQ’s, impact statements, and informational bulletins. Here is a link to the one complied by the Michigan Library Association.
The library community is hopeful this proposal will pass and eliminate some of the funding uncertainty for libraries.