After a millage was approved for the Mount Clemens Public Library Aug. 4, Director Brandon Bowman said it shows how much the community values the library and he couldn’t be more grateful and humble to the community.

After a millage was approved for the Mount Clemens Public Library Aug. 4, Director Brandon Bowman said it shows how much the community values the library and he couldn’t be more grateful and humble to the community.

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Voters approve Mount Clemens library millage

By: Alex Szwarc | Mount Clemens - Clinton - Harrison Journal | Published August 5, 2020

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MOUNT CLEMENS — Improvements are forthcoming at a local library.

In the Aug. 4 primary election, 60.9% — or 2,827 votes — were in favor of a new bond proposal for the Mount Clemens Public Library. Around 39% of Mount Clemens voters were against it.

Ballot language stated the library is seeking approval to borrow no more than $8.8 million and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, payable not to exceed 25 years from the date of issuance for the purpose of renovating, furnishing and equipping the existing Mount Clemens Public Library facility, including all related site improvements.

The estimated millage that will be levied for the proposed bonds in the first year of the levy is 0.87 mills, or $0.87 per $1,000 of taxable valuation. The estimated simple average annual millage rate that will be required to retire the bonds is 0.82 mills, or $0.82 per $1,000 of taxable valuation.  

“We couldn’t be happier with the outcome,” Mount Clemens Public Library Director Brandon Bowman said the morning of Aug. 5. “The citizens gave us the opportunity to do this, and we can’t wait to get rolling on the work of the building.”

Bowman previously said the nearly $9 million will allow the library to be utilized in a way that meets the needs of modern-day America.

“The layout is not set up for modern users to have the amenities they want,” Bowman said. “We spend about $70,000 a year to light the building, about twice the industry average for electricity.”

Planned improvements include a brand-new children’s area that would double its current size, a larger teen area, spaces where people can teach classes, new LED lighting, new tables with electrical outlets and more expansive Wi-Fi.

“The vote shows how much the community values the library, and we couldn’t be more grateful and humble that they placed that level of importance on us, and we’re going to do our best to give them the services and space they are looking for,” he said.

The library, located at 150 Cass Ave., employs 17 people and typically welcomes 11,000 patrons a month.

“I’ve gotten a lot of texts from staff saying they just can’t wait to get to work to see what we can do with the building going forward,” Bowman said.  

The next step, Bowman said, is to sell the bonds. After that, the plan is for the project to begin with the installation of geothermal units in the spring.

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