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July 28, 2010 - Dear Editor,

There's good news and bad news. For the first time in my 70 plus years, 48 spent as an engineer with a domestic auto company and 42 residing in Independence Township, I am yielding to the urge to share publicly some observations regarding our political and economic dilemma.

The good news is there is still at least one public service providing more for less. As we have been tightening our belts over these past months, an increasing number of residents have rediscovered the library as a virtually free source of entertainment via books, audio and video tapes, CDs, DVDs, children's story time, teenage programs, and discussion groups, a source of assistance in preparing resumes, researching potential employers, and enhancing job skills, and a source of access to computers, the internet, and copying machines – providing more.

At the same time, the supporting revenue, which is based on a fixed millage rate times reduced assessed property values, is decreasing – for less.

Thus, the good news, the local library is one public service providing more for less.

The bad news is almost 90 percent of the library's supporting revenue, which is based on a fixed millage rate times reduced assessed property values, is decreasing. Even worse news, should the library millage renewal not pass at the upcoming primary election, this 90 percent of the library's supporting revenue will disappear completely.

Thus, the bad news, there is a potential for a significant reduction, if not the total loss of our valuable library facility and services.

It is my sincere hope voters recognize that supporting the renewal of the library millage at the carryover rate is still a reduction of current taxes and library funding. Our libraries are in drastic need of more, not less, funding to enhance their contribution toward economic recovery.

William E. Meredith

Independence Township

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