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{{tnr}}A '''Troy City Library Levy Increase''' measure will likely be on the [[August 2, 2011 ballot measures in Michigan|August 2, 2011]] ballot in the city of Troy which is in [[Oakland County, Michigan ballot measures|Oakland County]].
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{{tnr}}A '''Troy City Library Levy Increase''' measure was on the [[August 2, 2011 ballot measures in Michigan|August 2, 2011]] ballot in the city of Troy which is in [[Oakland County, Michigan ballot measures|Oakland County]].
  
This measure would add to the local property taxes by a rate of .7 mills for a period of five years and be used exclusively for library operational and maintenance costs. The City council voted to create ballot language for the proposed measure but is not officially on the ballot until another vote is held on it. Library officials note that without additional money the library will be forced to close, residents have previously voted down other levy measures which would have funded library operations. Some noted that the levy would be too little to support a quality library while others stated that any tax increase is too much for residents at this time.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20110510/NEWS03/110510044/Troy-mayor-leads-push-put-library-millage-ballot ''Detroit Free Press'', "Troy mayor leads push to put library millage on ballot," May 10, 2011]</ref>
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This measure was '''approved'''
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* '''YES''' 12,246 (58.19%){{approved}}
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* '''NO''' 8,799 (41.81%)<ref>[http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/MI/Oakland/31749/45868/en/summary.html ''Oakland County Elections'', August Election Results]</ref>
  
==Proponents==
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This measure will add to the local property taxes by a rate of .7 mills for a period of five years and be used exclusively for library operational and maintenance costs. The City council voted to create ballot language for the proposed measure but it was not officially on the ballot until another vote had been held on it. Library officials noted that without additional money the library will be forced to close, residents had previously voted down other levy measures which would have funded library operations. Some noted that the levy would be too little to support a quality library while others stated that any tax increase is too much for residents at this time.<ref>[http://www.freep.com/article/20110510/NEWS03/110510044/Troy-mayor-leads-push-put-library-millage-ballot ''Detroit Free Press'', "Troy mayor leads push to put library millage on ballot," May 10, 2011]</ref>
The '''Troy City Council''' has given its support to this measure, noting that if the measure is defeated then the library will be forced to close because it will not have funding. The '''League of Women Voters''' and the '''Troy Board of Education''' have also given their support behind this measure. A residential organization, '''Save Troy''' has also been formed to help promote the library levy. When asked about the comment to burn the books by opponents, a spokeswomen noted that it was an outrageous idea.<ref name=lb>[http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/891312-264/as_crucial_vote_nears_fight.html.csp ''Library Journal'', "As Crucial Vote Nears, Fight for Troy Library Takes a Bizarre Turn," July 13, 2011]</ref>
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==Support==
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The '''Troy City Council''' had given its support to this measure, noting that if the measure was defeated then the library would have been forced to close because it would not have had funding. The '''League of Women Voters''' and the '''Troy Board of Education''' had also given their support behind this measure. A residential organization, '''Save Troy''' had also been formed to help promote the library levy. When asked about the comment to burn the books by opponents, a spokeswomen noted that it was an outrageous idea.<ref name=lb>[http://www.libraryjournal.com/lj/home/891312-264/as_crucial_vote_nears_fight.html.csp ''Library Journal'', "As Crucial Vote Nears, Fight for Troy Library Takes a Bizarre Turn," July 13, 2011]</ref>
  
 
==Opponents==
 
==Opponents==
A group opposed to the library, '''Safeguarding American Familes''' has paid for and posted signs all over town advocating the closure of the library as well as the burning of the books within the library once it is closed.<ref name=lb/>
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A group opposed to the library, '''Safeguarding American Familes''' had paid for and posted signs all over town advocating the closure of the library as well as the burning of the books within the library once it was to be closed.<ref name=lb/>
  
 
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Latest revision as of 23:59, 11 September 2012

A Troy City Library Levy Increase measure was on the August 2, 2011 ballot in the city of Troy which is in Oakland County.

This measure was approved

  • YES 12,246 (58.19%)Approveda
  • NO 8,799 (41.81%)[1]

This measure will add to the local property taxes by a rate of .7 mills for a period of five years and be used exclusively for library operational and maintenance costs. The City council voted to create ballot language for the proposed measure but it was not officially on the ballot until another vote had been held on it. Library officials noted that without additional money the library will be forced to close, residents had previously voted down other levy measures which would have funded library operations. Some noted that the levy would be too little to support a quality library while others stated that any tax increase is too much for residents at this time.[2]

Support

The Troy City Council had given its support to this measure, noting that if the measure was defeated then the library would have been forced to close because it would not have had funding. The League of Women Voters and the Troy Board of Education had also given their support behind this measure. A residential organization, Save Troy had also been formed to help promote the library levy. When asked about the comment to burn the books by opponents, a spokeswomen noted that it was an outrageous idea.[3]

Opponents

A group opposed to the library, Safeguarding American Familes had paid for and posted signs all over town advocating the closure of the library as well as the burning of the books within the library once it was to be closed.[3]

See also

References