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.
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)
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)