On August 7, 2018 the Eaton Rapids Public Library became the Eaton Rapids Area District Library. With this change, all residents of Eaton Rapids Township, Hamlin Township and the City of Eaton Rapids may get a free Library Card. One stipulation though to the District Library Agreement was that the community needed to approve a ten-year, 1-mill property tax to fund the the Eaton Rapids Area District Library.
This millage will be used for materials, staff, upkeep of the current building and general operations. With these funds, in addition to what the Public Library offers, the District Library will add materials to the collection, increase the number of programs offered and start a delivery service for homebound patrons.
Additionally, if the millage is passed, the Library’s District status will be secured, all municipalities will be guaranteed a voice on the Governing Board, and the Library will have guaranteed funding, independent from the City’s budget.
It is estimated that the revenue the Eaton Rapids Area District Library will collect in the first year (2018) if the millage is approved and levied will be approximately $355,000.
VALUE OF THE LIBRARY
Families that check out an average of just 1 item per week, will save almost $700 annually, and for every tax dollar spent, the average library user should expect to get $10 back in service value. Check out the Library Value Calculator to see how much you will save!
HOW ARE LIBRARIES FUNDED?
Most public libraries in Michigan are funded primarily by a voter passed millage, penal fines, state aid, and miscellaneous income that includes fines, fees, grants and donations.
HOW IS THE EATON RAPIDS AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY CURRENTLY FUNDED?
Primarily our Library is funded with City and Township appropriations.
The library’s next highest contributor for income is local penal fines. However, this source of income has been steadily decreasing over the years and we can no longer rely on it as a signification source of funding.
Lastly, we see a small amount of additional income from State Aid, fines, fees, grants and donations.
IF THE MILLAGE IS PASSED HOW WILL THE EATON RAPIDS AREA DISTRICT LIBRARY BE FUNDED?
If the November 6, 2018 millage is passed we will continue to collect local penal fines, State Aid, fines, fees, grants and donations, but the City and Townships will no longer be appropriating money from their general funds.