Troy votes to keep library open

Aug 3, 2011

Residents of one suburban Detroit community have resolved a nearly two-year-long battle over its library  - in the library’s favor. Voters in the affluent community of Troy had twice rejected funding measures for the library. It had been slated to close earlier this year. But now more than 58% of Troy voters have approved a five-year millage hike that will generate more than $3 million for the library. Library public services chief Phillip Kwik says he’s “grateful” for the support: “We think it’s an important institution, an important resource. And we’re glad that the residents of Troy agree with that.” Kwik says the money will allow the library to hire more staff and enhance services. Millage opponents maintained they weren’t anti-library, but insisted the city could find other money to keep it open.