The A2Y Chamber endorses the Ann Arbor District Library’s millage proposal appearing on the November 2012 ballot. While we recognize there may be concerns regarding the timing and magnitude of the proposal, we believe that the Library has made a reasonable and valid case for its proposal. For instance, while building on the current site creates a number of issues, due to the unique legal restrictions on that property vis-à-vis the school district, relocating the main library is not feasible.
Further, the building is antiquated and not conducive to providing the types of services and resources demanded of a library in the 21st Century and particularly in our community which has proven a need and desire for a main branch providing modern services. Refitting the current building would entail considerable costs and not provide long-term solutions.
In addition, and at least as significantly as the other reasons, the Library Board has proven itself to be a responsible steward of the public’s money. They have built first class branches without incurring debt, and for many years have voluntarily chosen to levy less than the full amount of taxes which it could otherwise levy.
And finally, having a modern downtown main library reinforces our community’s image and commitment to this resource, and the plans for the new facility will be a destination for many and an asset to the overall business and community climate." - Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce, (Read More)