Township Supervisor Leon Stille said he has met with library board representatives and is waiting on an estimate of how much it would cost for township residents to use library services. At that point, Stille said the board could better determine if a millage proposal to cover library services is feasible.
Library Director Claire Sheridan said the library board is still researching and figuring out financial scenarios.
“We're in the process of doing a lot of analysis,” she said.
A grassroots group has asked that a proposal be put before voters next year, but timing could be everything. Stille said the township's current fire department millage expires at the end of 2014 and the Township Board likely will seek its renewal to keep from depleting the township's general fund.
The supervisor said he fears having both a fire and library millage on the same ballot could cause tax fright among voters and doom both proposals.
“One or both would not survive if they're both on together," Stille said. "... I think it's probably a bad omen for both. ... It's hard for me to conceive folks not wanting adequate fire protection, but we'd be very concerned about jeopardizing that."
Stille said a possible library millage deserves its own attention and its own ballot timing.
Currently, Crockery residents are not part of the Spring Lake library district. As nonresidents, they must pay $88 per library card for limited services at the Spring Lake library. Those services do not include inter-library loans, e-books or other digital services.
A grassroots group, Library for Crockery Readers, approached the Crockery Township Board last month requesting that a 0.33-mill proposal be placed on the August 2014 ballot. If that were to happen, and voters approved such a measure, Crockery Township could enter into a contract agreement with the district library – as long as the library board is also on board with the plan.
Library for Crockery Readers member Nancy Kucks said she's heard a lot of positive feedback from residents wanting to be part of the library district.
“I'm still hopeful, but we're kind of waiting at this point,” she said. “We're just waiting for the next step.”
Stille said there could be more costs than the 24-member Library for Crockery Readers group realizes.
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