MacDonald Public Library Confirms Independence

PRESS RELEASE - For Immediate Release

April 5, 2022

MacDonald Public Library Confirms Independence

(NEW BALTIMORE, Mich. - April 8, 2022)

MacDonald Public Library confirms that the City of New Baltimore has agreed to comply with State law (Michigan PA 164 of 1877, section 10a) by: (i) not requiring the Library to use City services;  (ii) not allocating City costs to the Library without the Library Board’s approval; and, (iii) establishing a 6-person elected Board of Trustees to manage the Library.  The Library Board agrees with the Mayor and City Council that these changes are in the public’s best interest.

The Library does not agree with the Mayor’s statements that the City has financially subsidized the Library.  The Library has paid the fair market value of the City services it uses.  In 2019 the City and Library agreed upon a price of $15,000 (plus the cost of all employee benefits) for the services it used.  However, in 2020, the City unilaterally increased this cost to more than $76,000 (a 5x annual increase). The Library repeatedly requested to discuss this increase with the Mayor and City Council but all requests were denied.

The Mayor claims the City is subsidizing the Library by not charging rent for use of its building.  This argument ignores two important facts: (i) the building was donated by the MacDonald Family to be used as a library; and, (ii) the City has never made a financial contribution towards the operations, maintenance, expansion or renovation of the Library building.  It could be argued that the MacDonald family never intended to donate a library; rather, the family’s intent was to gift to the City a parcel of real estate that would generate rental income for the benefit of the City’s general fund.  However, if this is true, why is the building named the MacDonald Public Library?

The MacDonald Public Library looks forward its next chapter.


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