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Help Save Our Library!


The Michigan Legislature is debating the removal or replacement of the Personal Property Tax (PPT)

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  • Last year the Branch District Library lost $104,000 due to falling penal fines and property tax revenues.
  • If the PPT is repealed and the revenue not replaced, the library will lose another $73,000 a year. We expect property taxes and penal fines to continue to fall this year as well.
  • To offset our losses over the last several years we have frozen wages, cut our materials budgets, reduced operating hours, and raised fines. The further loss of PPT revenue would threaten the very existence of the library.
  • Contact your Michigan State representatives and let them know you want to make sure libraries are remembered during the PPT debate. If the PPT is repealed, revenue to libraries must be replaced!


  • In Michigan, only businesses pay the PPT; items for household use have been exempt since the 1930s.
  • Personal property generally is interpreted to be that which is not permanently affixed to land: equipment, furniture, tools, computers, etc.
  • Counties, townships, school districts, local governments, and libraries depend on revenue from the PPT.

Ways to make your voice heard

Senator Bruce Caswell
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536
Tel. (517) 373-5932
Fax (517) 373-5944

Representative Kenneth Kurtz
N-992 House Office Building
P.O. Box 30014
Lansing, MI  48909
Tel. (517) 373-1794

Governor Rick Snyder
P.O. Box 30013
Lansing, Michigan 48909
Tel. (517) 373-3400
Fax (517) 335-6863

Exciting book discussion


Anyone is welcome to attend a book discussion Saturday, March 17 from 10-noon regarding "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins. This intriguing first book of a trilogy is capturing the attention of all ages.

BDL Board Meeting Rescheduled



The February Meeting of the Branch District Library Board of Trustees has been rescheduled to Monday, February 27, 2012 at 6:00pm, due to the lack of a quorum at the February 20 meeting.

This meeting will be in the meeting room at the Coldwater Branch Library.

One Book, One County


This year we are pleased to announce that our book selection for our One Book, One County series is The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins. Check out our Hunger Games page for all the details, including our movie ticket giveaway.

Return on Investment Calculator


Did you know that you really get a lot of bang for your buck from your public library? The average property-owning taxpayer in Branch county pays a little more than $20 each year in taxes to support library services. If you check out 1 hardback book in a year, you've already got more from the library than you put in. Check out our Return on Investment Calculator to see just how much value you get from your tax dollar investment.


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