St. Joseph library looking for ways to fund repairs

By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Staff Email

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. -- A proposed tax hike to fund repairs at the St. Joseph, Michigan, library was not passed this week that would have helped give money for much needed repairs.

But they haven't given up yet.

According to our reporting partners at the Herald Palladium, the city wanted to raise the millage by 10 cents to help with repairs needed to the air conditioning unit and replacing carpet, and they are now looking into other ways to get the money needed.

The city owns the library building and is responsible for the upkeep of it.

Library directors are happy that the city continues to work to get the repairs done.

“I am very thankful that the city commission acknowledged this is a city building,” said Stephanie Mason, library director. “I think they are supportive of the library. I think they know that we are a heavily used city entity.

The library, in a community of 18,000, serves an average of 500 people a day.

A public hearing on the city's budget is set for May 12.

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