PWPL millage gets overwhelming support


MARQUETTE — Voters in the city of Marquette Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a millage for the Peter White Public Library with 80 percent support.

The millage will cover a $4.2 million bond proposal for capital improvements.

The vote tally was 2,315 yes votes and 557 no votes.

Library Director Andrea Ingmire said she’s pleased to see the historic support of the library continue.

“It’s certainly a relief,” Ingmire said. “It’s really going to be positive for the library.”

The millage of about .48 mill for 15 years will fund building restoration and efficiency projects, building access improvements, technology, furnishings and reorganization of spaces for popular services.

The millage will replace the current library capital improvement bond, which funded a large portion of the 2000 building addition. That bond was for .55 mill and was paid off in July.

Building restoration is estimated to cost more than $1 million; access and energy efficiency improvements are expected to be about $800,000; updated technology and furnishings are estimated at $800,000; as are space reorganization costs; and architectural fees and contingencies are expected to add up to about $600,000.

Vote totals are unofficial, pending a meeting of the Marquette County Board of Canvassers at 1 p.m. today.

Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248. Her email address is