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Five vying for four library board seats
Candidates share views on millage
By Ben Baird
A2 Journal

Residents will have a choice between five candidates in the Nov. 6 election for four Ann Arbor District Library board positions. The four incumbents who are running for re-election include board Trustee Rebecca Head, Trustee Nancy Kaplan, President

Margaret Leary and Vice President Prue Rosenthal. Retired librarian Lyn Powrie Davidge is also running. Four candi- Davidge dates are Ann Arbor residents and one lives in Scio Township. On election ballots, voters will be asked to vote for four of the five candidates. Another library decision put to voters in the election will be whether to allow the board to borrow an

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Head amount not to exceed $65 million for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a new main library, replacing the current downtown library. This would also authorize a tax of 0.56 mills in 2013 to pay the debt service. Questionnaires were sent

Kaplan

Leary

Rosenthal retired from University of Michigan Library Education: Bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University; master’s degree in German from University of Michigan; master’s in library science from
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to the five board candidates. They were asked for some background information and the same three questions, and to keep reponses to 60 words or fewer.

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Proposal for $65 million library on ballot
Request is 0.56 mills for 30 years
By Ben Baird
A2 Journal

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The Ann Arbor District Library board is putting the question to residents of whether to build a new main library downtown to replace the existing, outdated location at Fifth and Williams streets. Ballots will ask voters whether to allow the library board to borrow an amount not to exceed $65 million for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping a new main library, according to the ballot language. General obligation, unlimited tax bonds also would be issued, payable within 30 years from the date the bonds are issued. This would also authorize a tax of 0.56 mills in 2013 to pay the debt service. If approved the first tax levy would be in July 2013. The millage would cost a homeowner with a taxable property value of $100,000 about $56 a year. It’s estimated the average millage rate to retire the bonds is 0.47 mills, 47 cents per $1,000 of taxable property.

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City voters will be asked whether to allow the library board to borrow an amount not to exceed $65 million to build a new library in downtown Ann Arbor. Under state law, a portion of this millage revenue may be subject to capture by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the Scio Township Downtown Development Authority, according to the ballot language. The existing library millage is unable to fund the $65 million bond, even if the millage was increased from the current 1.55 mills levied to the maximum amount it could levy, 1.92 mills. All Ann Arbor residents can vote on the library board’s proposal, in addition to residents of parts of Ann Arbor, Lodi, Webster, Pittsfield, Superior, Salemand Scio townships. Residents who want to vote must register by Oct. 9. Ann Arbor District Library Director Josie Parker, who spoke from the position of providing factual information on the proposal without advocating for or against it, said the library board has been
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Ballot questions seek public art, park funds
Voters head to the polls Nov. 6 for general election
By Ben Baird
A2 Journal

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Two Ann Arbor city charter amendments asking whether two different millages should be authorized will appear on the Nov. 6 election ballot. Proposal A asks whether to

renew an existing tax for park maintenance and capital improvement of 1.1 mills for 2013 through 2018, according to the ballot language. It’s estimated this will levy estimated revenue of $5,052,000. Proposal B asks whether to amend the charter to authorize a new tax of 0.1 mills for 2013 through 2016 to fund art in public places and limit other sources of funding, according to the ballot language. This will generate an estimated $459,273 of revenue in the first year. Public Art Administrator Aaron

Seagraves said the millage would fund not only permanent public art, but temporary art and performance art, as well. He said the art it funds would be on city property only, not privately owned property. If approved, it will cost the average homeowner 91 cents per month, $10.97 a year, based on a residential property with an average taxable value of $108,600. This revenue would provide the only funding for public art and funding through the Percent for Art program would be suspended for the duration of the millage.

Currently, the city only funds permanent public art by setting aside 1 percent of the budgets of qualifying capital improvement projects, Seagraves said. Councilman Christopher Taylor proposed putting the millage before voters. For more information about city Proposal A, visit www.a2gov. org/parksmillage. Comments on the proposal can be emailed to a2parks@a2gov.org. Mike Henry, Citizens for
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