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Salem-South Lyon library millage passes

The millage increase for the Salem South Lyon District Library passed Tuesday.
The millage increase for the Salem South Lyon District Library passed Tuesday.
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Voters approved the millage for the Salem-South Lyon District Library overwhelmingly Tuesday night with 1205 yes votes (72.94%) to 447 no votes (27.06%). Turnout was light, with 12.40% of all registered voters casting ballots.

The millage increased property taxes by $0.495 on each $1,000 dollars of taxable value on eligible property within the Salem-South Lyon Library District for a period of twenty years beginning this year and ending in 2033 to fund library operations. For 2014, the measure is estimated to bring in a total of $310,103 from all eligible properties.

The residents of South Lyon showed stronger support for the measure, as 82.09% of the 1033 votes cast in the Oakland County city were yes. In contrast, the millage barely passed in Washtenaw County's Salem Township, as 57.67% of the 619 votes recorded were in favor.

The millage actually failed in Precincts 1 and 3 of Salem Township, which lie more distant from the library. Only 191 (48.72%) voted in favor, while 201 (51.28%) voted against.

The residents of Precinct 2, who live closer to South Lyon and the library, voted more like those in South Lyon, casting 166 (73.13%) yes votes to 61 (26.87%) no votes.

The South Lyon Herald reported that the millage was required to offset declining property tax revenues and the planned elimination of the state's personal property tax.

The Herald also reported that if the millage had failed, the library would have been closed one more day per week, access to computers would have been restricted, and employees would have been laid off.

With the millage passing, the library thanked the voters on its website, saying that because of their support, the library will be able to continue the level of service its patrons have come to expect.