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Lenawee County libraries ask for levy to stay open

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LENAWEE COUNTY, MI (Toledo News Now) -

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

Over the last few years, libraries have had to reduce hours and staffing levels due to a shrinking budget.

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

Library-goers have had to plan their trips to the library around the reduced hours. A new levy on the ballot would attempt to reverse some of the recent cuts.

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

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

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

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

The tax will only apply to residents in the county library district. To find out if your home is in the district, click here for a map.

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