Pine River Library District pops Champagne to celebrate tax increase
Voters showed strong support for the Pine River Library District’s proposed mill levy increase, according to unofficial results from Tuesday’s election.
Among district voters, 59% voted for ballot issue 6A, while 41% voted against the measure. A total of 3,193 ballots had been counted by 9 p.m.
In 2018, the district requested a mill levy increase, but the effort lost by nine votes. Without a tax increase, the award-winning library faced cuts to programs, operating hours, staff positions and other expenses. This year, the library district asked for a smaller tax increase and campaigned harder to encourage residents to vote.
“We’re feeling like we’ve won this one,” said Shelley Walchak, director of the library. “We actually popped a bottle of Champagne.” Read more…