Troy Library In Trouble After Millage Fails

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The future of the Troy Library is in danger after residents turned down a series of millage proposals to keep the doors open.

WWJ’s Ron Dewey spoke with one man who said he has been unemployed for three years and frequents the Troy Library after dropping his kids off at school. He said understands why residents turned down the millage proposals because, if he lived there, he also would have voted that way.

“I mean, no one’s gonna come and raise a millage to help me feed my family. I literally, we’ve cut back for the last three years. We’ve cut back on everything, but right now it’s just, how can you even put food on the table?” he said.

Mei Wong visits libraries in  Bloomfield Hills along with Troy. She was saddened to hear news of the millage defeat, pointing out how libraries helps attract new residents, businesses and jobs.

“Many people go to Starbucks… but the library serves different purposes. For me, I think it’s very necessary and very helpful, no matter for adults, older people or children. Today, [the] library is very necessary,” Wong told WWJ’s Ron Dewey.

Unless another source of funding can be found, the Troy Library is set to close next year

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