Tuesday, October 3, 2023

JUST IN: Ionia library millage fails, againFree Access

IONIA — Voters have once again turned down an Ionia Community Library millage proposal.

Ionia Community Library. — DN file photo

The final tally in Tuesday’s election was 1,551 “no” votes to 1,447 “yes” votes — a difference of 104 votes.

The 25-year .98 millage proposal for the Ionia Community Library would have provided funds for the library, including the renovation, operation and maintenance of a new library building, while maintaining the Hall-Fowler Home for three years. The library would have collected $412,000 in its first year if the millage had been approved.

In 2005, a bond proposal to borrow $7.45 million in bonds over 20 years to “construct, furnish and equip” a new Ionia library building by levying a millage of 1.47 mills, failed by 1,788 “no” votes to 655 “yes” votes.

In 2018, a library millage proposal to construct an entirely new library facility was defeated by 3,374 “no” votes to 2,528 “yes” votes.

See Thursday’s Daily News for the complete story.

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