Kent District Library to Ask Voters for Millage Renewal at Lower Rate

Kent District Library to Ask Voters for Millage Renewal at Lower Rate

On November 7, 2023, residents in the Kent District Library service area will vote on a reduced operating millage.

  • If residents vote "yes," the existing millage will be renewed for 15 years at a rate that is 10.9% lower.
  • If residents vote "no," the current millage will expire. Without millage funding, KDL will be forced to close its doors.

Kent District Library is proposing a 10.9% operating millage reduction

KDL serves 27 municipalities through a network of 20 branches. Residents in those municipalities pay a portion of their property taxes to support KDL, which makes them eligible for a library card that gives them access to our physical and digital collections. Each KDL branch functions as a community library that serves the unique needs of its community while simultaneously enjoying the economies of scale that come from being part of a larger district library, which has greater buying power.

The proposed Kent District Library operating millage of 1.1 mills is a 10.9% reduction from the current millage rate and is estimated to:

  • Save residents $3.1 million dollars annually.
  • Save residents a total of $46.5 million over the 15-year span of the millage.

Kent District Library is able to lower its millage because we are part of a thriving and growing community where new taxable real estate has produced more revenue. This enables us to take the step of reducing the millage, which is a tax reduction for property owners.

The reduced millage will allow KDL to continue offering our current slate of programs and services – and to add new materials, programs, events and services as we have always done.

Download the Millage Flier (PDF, 1.5MB)

KDL Services At-A-Glance, as of January 1, 2023

  • 20 branches serving 27 municipalities with 128,241 active cardholders (138,497 as of June 30, 2023).
  • 2:1 payback for taxpayers
    • $85.2 million total value of items checked out, compared to 2022 millage revenue of $24.8 million
    • Total circulation was 7,115,140, which is a 6% increase over the previous year
  • Access to:
    • 700,000 items in the physical collection
    • 15.6 million digital items
    • More than 5,600 informational and educational programs and outreach events, in-person, online and on-demand
  • Additional services:
    • Talking Book & Braille Center, which provides resources and services for people who are blind and physically disabled.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Media Coverage

13 On Your Side — Why the Kent District Library millage was not on your ballot (November 9, 2023)

MLive — Kent District Library wins 15-year property tax renewal by wide margin (November 9, 2023)

MLive — Kent District Library headed to landslide victory in property tax renewal vote (November 8, 2023)

13 On Your Side — Kent District Library will be funded for another 15 years after millage passes overwhelmingly (November 8, 2023

School News Network — KDL seeks renewal of millage at reduced rate (November 3, 2023)

FOX 17 — 'The heart and soul of the county': KDL asks voters to help keep their doors open with new millage (November 2, 2023)

13 On Your Side — Kent County voters to decide on renewing district library's funding (November 2, 2023)

MLive — Your guide to what’s on the Nov. 7 election ballot in Kent, Ottawa counties (November 1, 2023)

13 On Your Side — Kent District Library asks voters to renew millage at lower rate; 'No' vote means KDL will close its doors (October 31, 2023)

13 On Your Side — Kent County proposals, millage language on the ballot this Nov. 7 general election (October 30, 2023)

Lowell Ledger — (PDF Download) Kent District Library asks for millage renewal with a twist (October 25, 2023)

El Vocero Hispano TV — Eventos bibliotecas públicas del condado de Kent (October 20, 2023)

Rockford Squire — (PDF Download) Kent District Library provides millions of resources, opportunities for Kent County residents (October 19, 2023)

El Informador — Un voto de «Si» a propuesta KDL le ahorrará dinero (October 19, 2023)

FOX 17 — November 2023 Election: What's on the ballot? (October 18, 2023)

Rapid Growth Media — Library seeking reduction in millage, ensures no reduction in resources, programming (September 29, 2023)

WKTV — Kent District Library’s low-rate millage proposal aims to save residents money (July 31, 2023)

Lowell’s First Look — Kent District Library to Ask Voters for Millage Renewal at Lower Rate (July 31, 2023)

MLive — Kent District Library asks voters to renew 15-year property tax at lower rate (July 30, 2023)

El Vocero Hispano — Biblioteca del distrito de Kent propone una reducción del millaje en la boleta electoral de noviembre (July 27, 2023)

FOX 17 — Kent District Library asking voters to approve millage renewal at lower rate (July 25, 2023)

WOOD TV — Kent District Library proposes millage reduction on November ballot (July 25, 2023)

WGVU NEWS — Kent District Library proposing millage decrease on Nov. 7 ballot (July 25, 2023)

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