Basement Beat: Saugatuck-Douglas library proposals

Precinct vote tallies
Ryan Lewis, Editor (Allegan County News)

Up next: the Saugatuck-Douglas District Library millage. Voters turned down both of the library’s ballot proposals Aug. 5.

The first, turned down by a 856-593 vote, would have installed a 10-year, 0.3-mill tax hike for operations.

The second, turned down by a 899-550 vote , asked for approval to bond for up to $5.14 million to build a new library at property across the street from the current building. The millage the library was expected to levy to repay that debt was for 0.67 mills for as long as 26 years.

For the benefit of Commercial Record readers unaccustomed to my occasional online column for The Allegan County News, I’m Ryan Lewis. As the editor of that paper, I have a mostly weekly column in called “Out of the Basement Office,” and I post these “Basement Beat” columns online when I have additional information to share with readers for which I didn’t quite have room or find something interesting in my mailbox.

I’ve been posting a series of these columns detailing precinct-level tallies from the Aug. 5 primary for about the last week or so, starting with this one.

Since these ballot proposals directly relate to those living in Saugatuck and Douglas, I’m sharing it with you readers as well.

Click on the Allegan News to find more—so far, I’ve posted the precinct data on voter turnout, both county ballot proposals, the State House race, the U.S. House race, the District 6 county commission race and the Plainwell library millage.

The data below is from the certified election results held by the Allegan County Clerk’s office. The list below shows the name of the precinct followed by two sets of yes- and no-vote totals.

By precinct:

Saugatuck Township, Precinct 1:  millage: 324  /  433;  bond: 289  /  467

City of Douglas, Precinct 1:  millage: 159  /  245;  bond: 153  /  250

Saugatuck City, Precinct 1:  millage: 110  /  178;  bond: 108  /  182


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