Selling a Millage
Last May, Ann Arbor District Library director Josie Parker and AADL trustees Ed Surovell and Prue Rosenthal invited Ellie Serras to a meeting. At Surovell's real estate office on W. Stadium, they asked her to captain the campaign for a bond issue to build a new downtown library.
Serras collaborated with the library on various projects during her fifteen years as head of the Main Street Area Association. She listened as the others described why the building, the oldest part of which dates to 1957, had outlived its usefulness.
"Once I talked with Josie and Prue and Ed, I was totally awed," Serras recalls. "I knew it was a need."
In July, the library board voted unanimously to put a $65 million bond issue on the November 6 ballot. Interest payments will roughly double the cost over thirty years. If voters approve, the bond millage will cost the owner of a $250,000 house in the library district--which includes the city and parts of neighboring townships--about $70 a year.
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