TROY (WWJ) – With just three days until the Troy Public Library is scheduled to close, Troy residents are voting on a millage that could save it. Voters are being asked to approve a millage of point-seven mills for five years.
As citizens voted in Tuesday’s special election, WWJ Newsradio 950 Florence Walton spoke with residents on both sides of the issue.
One man said although he’d like it if the library would stay open, he’s not sure it’s worth the price.
“I’m very reluctant to go up to one of my neighbors who’s unemployed or underemployed and tell them, oh, by the way, we’re going to jack up their taxes for a library. They’re struggling to eat,” he said.
But another man urged his neighbors to vote for the millage.
“We are a world-class community, so I think that we should support a library,” he said. Obviously, when you look at the city of Troy we don’t have a real downtown to speak of. So, when you talk about the culture of our community, our library represents a lot of the culture of the community,” he said.
Frank Houston, spokesman for the “Save Troy,” ballot proposal has said that, with the drop in property values, no one’s taxes should go up if the millage passes.
The polls in Troy will be open Tuesday until 8 p.m..
Keep it tuned to WWJ as we will be following election results. (More on elections, here).