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Lenawee County libraries ask for levy to stay open

LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

SomeLenawee County voters will soon have to decide if they want to pay more taxesto restore some library services that have been cut.

Overthe last few years, libraries have had to reduce hours and staffing levels dueto a shrinking budget.

"Someof them are open as little as three hours per day," said Trevor Van Valkenburg,interim director of the Lenawee District Library.

Library-goershave had to plan their trips to the library around the reduced hours. A newlevy on the ballot would attempt to reverse some of the recent cuts.

TheLenawee District Library is funded by the county, but now leaders are turningto voters, hoping they'll approve a levy that would generate more than $900,000in the first year.

"Ifthe millage doesn't pass and the library can't get funding from the countyanymore, a lot of these libraries will probably close," Van Valkenburg said.

Themillage would only cost the owner of a $100,000 home about $30 per year. Thosewho use the library say it's $30 well-spent.

"Wemay complain, but we'll support it," said Tony Bryant. "It's well worth it."

Thetax will only apply to residents in the county library district. To find out ifyour home is in the district, clickhere for a map.

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