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In August of 1997, Ingham County residents approved a three-year, 1-mill property tax to fund the Capital Area District Library system, merging the existing Ingham County libraries with the Lansing Public libraries. The millage was earmarked for materials, staff and operations; individual municipalities agreed to provide and maintain their own buildings.
In January of 1998, 13 branches opened under the CADL banner: Aurelius, Dansville, Downtown Lansing, Foster (Lansing Eastside), Haslett, Holt-Delhi, Leslie, Mason, Okemos, South Lansing, Stockbridge, Webberville and Williamston. Library hours increased by 77%, and $2 million was spent on building an up-to-date, diverse collection.
Since in 2000, voters have continued to support funding for CADL:
The millage is the primary source of revenue for CADL, providing almost 90% of our funding. Due to falling property tax values in our service area, however, CADL has experienced significant reduction in our revenues for several years. Through careful planning and effort, we have worked to counteract these losses and to continue providing top-quality services to our communities.
We remain committed to restructuring the organization and reducing our operating expenses to live within our means. Over the past year we've worked to achieve this by: