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October 29, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

Attention Marquette Township voters. on election day you and I have the opportunity and responsibility to vote on a proposal to renew, for a period of two years, the millage (0.9061 mills) we currently pay to provide the contract for library services between the Peter White Public Library and Marquette Township.

This contract provides a full range of library services to the residents of Marquette Township. A vote to approve the millage would not increase the taxes we currently pay. It would only renew the millage that is currently in place.

The Marquette area is blessed with an outstanding, award-winning library. The Peter White Public Library is a resource for senior citizens, school children and all of us who currently enjoy the many services and programs it offers.

If the millage vote fails to pass, township residents will be unable to use the public access computers without purchasing a guest pass. They will be unable to check out books or download e-books unless they purchase a non-resident library card.. These cards cost $115 for an individual and $175 for a family.

The amount of tax a household would pay if the millage passes would generally speaking, be less than the cost of a non-resident card: the average home in Marquette Township is valued at $161,000 resulting in library taxes of $73-in most cases, a bargain. Even a home valued at $300,000 incurs taxes ($135.92) less than the cost of a non-resident card.

It should be noted that Marquette city taxpayers pay almost 2 mills in taxes to support the Peter White Public Library. City taxpayers pay 1.369 mills for general library operations and 0.615 mills to pay for the building renovation and expansion bond retirement. That's twice what we township residents are being asked to pay.

Please join me in casting a yes vote when you vote on the Marquette Township millage issue.

Lynne Hammerstrom

Marquette Township



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