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Voters approve to renew library millage

Posted: 11:57 PM, Aug 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-08 14:54:16Z

Early results from Tuesday's primary show voters have overwhelmingly approved the renewal of the Capital Area District Library millage.

But, because it was a renewal, you will not see your property taxes go up.

The library said the millage pays for about 90 percent of its funding, which includes things like staff, material, and technology.

Without it being renewed, the library district's executive director said it would be forced to close.

Thankfully, it appears that's not the case.

"It's the 20th anniversary for the Capital Area District Libraries and what the election results tell us is that the residents of Ingham County love their library system and the direction that we're going," said Executive Director Scott Duimstra.

The library district was formed in August 1997 when Ingham County libraries and Lansing Public libraries merged.

Duimstra said planning for the next four years begins as soon as Wednesday.

"We can adapt quickly to the trends that come up that people want. Things like e-books, WiFi access anywhere, we're going to be able to provid that," Duimstra added.

The library said that over the last four years, it has had more than two million visitors and 10 million checkouts.