Click for Ann Arbor, Michigan Forecast
Friday March 27, 2015
Follow us: facebook twitter RSS feed
Print Comment E-mail

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.

Bookmark and Share
previous  ·  1 l 2 l 3 l 4 l 5 l 6 l 7  ·  next page
all on one page
read more stories here -> Marketplace  l  Culture  l  Community  l  News
5 bed, 2 full bath, 2688 sqft, Single Family in UNADILLA TWP, MI 48137. $249,000
Keith Butkovich Graphic Design
Click to Find Ann Arbor Area Summer Camps
Holiday Inn Ann Arbor. Comfortable Hotel, a home away from home.
Ann Arbor Observer 2015 media guide
A Visitors Guide to Ann Arbor