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Project Overview

The Lyon Township Public Library Board and Lyon Township Board of Trustees are moving forward with a plan to work together to construct a joint township library and park facility at the corner of 11 Mile Rd and Milford Rd. The facility would include a new library building that will provide the space and services that our growing community has asked us for, and the recreational facilities that Township residents want.

1) The total library project cost is estimated to be $13 million.
2) The Median house price in Lyon Township as of June 2022 is $439,000 – the cost for a house of this value would be $103 for the first year.

Please see the Financial Considerations drop down below for a complete chart of cost per household.

Please see the drop down menus below for further details.

Conceptual Future Library Floorplan

Conceptual Future Library/Park Site

What will we get in the new library?

  • Dedicated Children’s room
  • Dedicated Teen space
  • Additional study rooms
  • Dedicated Genealogy Research Room
  • Friends of the Library Bookstore
  • Comfortable seating areas
  • Outdoor seating area
  • Outdoor library events area
  • Drive up return/pick up window
  • Additional parking
  • Larger event spaces that can hold more event attendees
  • More library events
  • No event wait lists for popular events
  • More space to add more items to our Library of Things
  • Makerspace with innovative library technology such as computers, design software, and file conversion technology
  • Additional space for more library materials
  • Accessible RestRooms

New Library Features

Conceptual Rendering

Library Bond Proposition

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Library Bond Proposition

Shall the Charter Township of Lyon, Oakland County, Michigan, borrow a sum of money not to exceed Thirteen Million Dollars ($13,000,000) and issue its unlimited tax general obligation bonds therefor for the purpose of acquiring, constructing, furnishing, and equipping a new, approximately 19,000 sq. ft. public library facility on Township property and improving the site thereof?

The maximum number of years the bonds may be outstanding, exclusive of refunding, is 30 years; the estimated millage that will be levied to pay the proposed bonds in the first year that the levy is authorized is 0.4677 mills ($0.4677 per $1,000 of taxable value of real and tangible personal property in the Charter Township of Lyon); and the estimated simple average annual millage that will be required to retire the bonds is 0.3931 mills.

Financial Considerations

  1. What is the estimated cost of the new facility?
    The estimated cost to build a new facility for Lyon Township Public Library is $13,000,000. The millage is for a bond covering a total of $13 million for 30 years.  
  2. What is the millage rate to taxpayers to cover the cost of the project?
    The approved millage will be for 0.4677 mills the first year, and an annual average of 0.3931 mills after that.
  3. What would be the cost to taxpayers?
    The Median house price in Lyon Township as of June 2022 is $439,000 – The cost for a house of this value would be $103 for the first year. Please see the chart below for a complete cost per household.
House PriceTaxable ValueMillage for Bond for Library ConstructionProposed taxes the first  yearEstimated average millage after 1st yearProposed average taxes after first year
$200,000$100,0000.4677$46.770.3931$39.31
$300,000$150,0000.4677$70.160.3931$58.97
$400,000$200,000.4677$93.540.3931$78.62
$500,000$250,0000.4677$116.930.3931$98.28
$600,000$300,0000.4677$140.310.3931$117.93
$700,000$350,0000.4677$163.700.3931$137.59
$800,000$400,0000.4677$187.080.3931$157.24
  1. What is the Township’s financial commitment?
    Lyon Township committed to $2.5 million dollars for shared infrastructure costs, including tying into water and sewer lines and other utilities, paving a shared parking lot, and widening Milford Road to include a left turn lane and re-striping from 11 Mile to north of the curve as shown on the rendering.
    The Township has also provided a Township owned parcel of land for the library facility and community park.

Why can’t we use the Salem South Lyon District Library instead of building a new library?

The Salem South Lyon District Library is funded through the property taxes of the City of South
Lyon, Salem Township, and through a special contract with Brighton District Library that splits
the property tax revenue received from Green Oak Township between the three school district
populations of Whitmore Lake, South Lyon, and Brighton. Residents of Lyon Township do not
pay property taxes to support the SSLDL. If your property taxes are paid to Lyon Township, that determines your municipality, regardless of if your mailing address is South Lyon.


SSDL and LTPL both belong to the same library cooperative, TLN. There is equal borrowing
between it’s 53 members. When use of one library by residents from another area exceeds 5%,
The Library Network supports cost recovery measures. In 2002 the use of SSLDL by LTPL
patrons was 15%. A non-resident user fee was implemented by the SSDL Board of Trustees for
$75 which was increased to $100 in 2005, and again in 2010 to $130
. The SSLDL now allows Lyon Township children to check out 5 items at a time.


Subcommittees were formed between LTPL and SSLDL in 2004, and again in 2016 to explore whether a combined library would better serve our communities. After considering the pros and cons of various scenarios, neither Library Board felt that this was a feasible or cost effective possibility. Key factors included:

  • SSLDL serves a population of 18,764 and is not big enough to support the added 24,000+ Lyon Township residents that would suddenly be using their facility. A substantial addition and/or new construction would be required, which would need to be levied on Lyon Township residents.
  • The cost to Lyon Township residents of paying for the expansion of SSLDL, and supporting their operating millage would be equal to or greater than the cost to build a new facility in Lyon Township.
  • The SSLDL property cannot sufficiently support continued expansion to accommodate the continued population growth of Lyon Township residents. A new facility on another parcel might be necessary in the near future, placing an added tax burden on SSLDL tax payers.
  • LTPL residents would be forced to use a library that is is not conveniently located for the majority of township residents.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my library card get me?

Residents of Lyon Township have complete access to the Lyon Township Public Library and all of its materials and services.

The library has an Extensive Collection of Materials for check out, including books, audiobooks, magazines, DVD’s, music CD’s, STEAM kits, Children’s Educational Tablets, Mobile Hotspots, Chromebooks, and a Library of Things.

Your library card also provides you with access to many Digital Resources, for entertainment and educational purposes.

LTPL is a member of The Library Network with reciprocal borrowing from over 42 libraries in the Metro Detroit area.

The library offers regular Educational and Entertainment Events, holds Community Events, and provides personal Technology and Genealogy assistance appointments.

The library facility provides 10 public access computers with internet access, and productivity software. The library is equipped with wireless access points that provide internet connectivity throughout the building, and out into the parking lot. The facility also has a Community Center that can be reserved for private events, and private study rooms.

LTPL has an extensive Genealogy Collection, and is a Family History Affiliate providing access to an extensive reservoir of genealogy research resources. We are pleased to have one of the premiere genealogical research departments in SE Michigan. 

The library also provides the LTPL Grows sustainability initiative, which includes events year round on all aspects of gardening, preserving, foraging, herbs, permaculture, beekeeping and indoor growing. We house an excellent collection of books and DVDs about gardening, cooking, and living sustainably, and house a Seed Library. We also have a Demonstration Garden, and manage the Lyon Township Community Garden.

What are the Current Building’s Specifications?

The current library offers library services out of a 6,000-square-foot building for a community that has more than 24,000 residents. Half of the building, approximately 3,000 square feet, houses the library. The other half of the building houses the Lyon Township Community Center, which is used for library events and for Lyon Township resident privately scheduled events, and two study rooms. The building is owned by Lyon Township, and the library pays rent for it’s use.

By comparison, here are the sizes of neighboring community libraries.

  • Crowded Children's Program
  • Public Computer/Research area is in the middle of the library
  • Teen sitting area
  • Teen Collection
  • Library Seating
  • Seed Library
  • Study Table

2021 Library Usage Statistics

Current LTPL cardholders: 6752 – many households use one card for all members of the household

Over 50% of households in Lyon Township have ACTIVE library card holders living in them, which means that over 50% of the Township families have walked through our doors and utilized their library card in the past 36 months.

2021 Statistics

  • Collection size: 64,684 items
  • Items Circulated (electronic & physical item checkouts): 130,636
  • Library visitors: 42,801
  • Craft Kits Delivered: 3,587
  • Wireless Connections: 5,916
  • Public Computer Sessions: 10,951
  • Website visitors: 64,735
  • Technology Assistance Sessions: 201
  • Genealogy Assistance Sessions: 273
  • Library Programs: 310
  • Program Attendees: 7,680
  • Summer Reading Program Participants: 690

  • Electronic Resource Usage:
  • Ancestry Library: 11,583
  • Audiobook Cloud: 11
  • Consumer Reports: 1,866
  • Creative Bug: 441
  • Fold3: 407
  • hoopla: 4,459
  • Kanopy: 5,996
  • Mango Languages: 490
  • Morningstar Financial Research: 1,122
  • Newsbank: 1,262
  • Newspaper Archive:
  • OverDrive/Libby: 26,441
  • Scholastic Bookflix: 619
  • Scholastic Teachables: 302
  • Teenbook Cloud: 61
  • Tumblebooks: 180
  • Tumblemath: 61
  • Universal Class: 261

Why did the Library Board request to put a new millage on the November 2022 ballot?

Lyon Township continues to be the fastest growing community in Michigan, experiencing a 60% increase in population since 2010. The Township has approved several large new housing developments that will continue to increase the population growth in our community.

The current library facility cannot accommodate any additional materials, and is overcrowded, making it difficult for residents to browse our collection. The limitation of one event space makes it impossible to offer any additional events that our community has requested, or accommodate many privately booked events.

The Library Board commissioned a set of surveys in 2021-2022 to assess how our community feels about the current library facility and services, and what improvements they would like to see. 687 survey responses were received, and the community feedback showed an overwhelming desire for a larger facility with more materials and services. The library facility survey results and comments are summarized below.


  • In March 2022, the Library & Township Boards agreed to work together to realize a multi-use municipal site at 11 Mile and Milford Rd.
  • A Library-Park Subcommittee was formed with representatives from both boards,
    with Library Director, Library hired architect and Township Engineer. The Library Park Subcommittee met in April, May, & June
  • At a special meeting on June 20, both LTPL and Township Boards met to discuss the cost projections and conceptual plans for the library and park project.
  • On July 27, the LTPL Board passed a resolution requesting assistance of the Charter Township of Lyon for acquisition, construction, and financing of public library improvements and approving proposition. 
  • The resolution request was presented to the Lyon Township Board on August 3, asking for approval with the intent of going on the November 8 ballot for a bond to build a new library as part of the Library/Park project. The Township approved the request–committing to $2.5 million dollars for shared infrastructure costs and approving the ballot language for a millage for the new library’s construction. 

Who would own the new building?

The Library Board does not have the authority to go for a bond. Lyon Township goes out for the
bond and the library millage pays it back. We have an Intergovernmental Agreement that covers
the rights, responsibilities, and obligations that both entities have in regard to the library,
building and board. The township “owns” the library building and property until the bond is paid
off (30 years). Then, ownership passes to the library. The agreement also stipulates that no fees
or rents can be levied for the library’s use of the facility other than bond payment.

What will happen if the millage doesn’t pass?

If the millage is not successfully passed, the current library will remain the service library for the residents of Lyon Township. There is not another option available at this time. Materials and services will remain the same, as there is no ability to add anything additional in the current facility.

The township park portion of this project is dependent on the passage of the library millage on November 8. Without the approval of this library bond millage, no park development is currently planned.

What do I need to do to vote on November 8, 2022?

The Michigan Voter Information Center provides complete information on registering to vote, your polling location, sample ballots, absentee voting and more.

Lyon Township residents can also register to vote and vote in person on Election Day at the Lyon Township Clerk’s office at 58000 Grand River Avenue, New Hudson, MI. You’ll need to bring your proof of eligibility and residency.

Proof of eligibility:

To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

  • A Michigan resident (at the time you register) and a resident of your city or township for at least 30 days (when you vote)
  • A United States citizen
  • At least 18 years of age (when you vote)
  • Not currently serving a sentence in jail or prison

Proof of residency:

You must show proof of where you live. Documents must have your name and current address. You can show a digital copy of documents. Acceptable documents include:

  • Michigan driver’s license or state ID
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck or government check
  • Other government document

What will happen to the current library building if the millage is passed?

The library rents the current building from the Township (current rent $10,000/year). It is the townships decision after the library vacates what will be done with the building. Because the library was built with community block grant money from the State it cannot be sold, and must continue to be used for community use.

It is a possibility/probability that the township will make the entire building a
community center and be used in much the same manner as it is now. We do not know when
the township will make this decision.

Will this millage replace the current operating millage?

The new millage is to repay a bond secured by Lyon Township to fund the construction of new library. This does not replace the current library operating millage.

What is the current operating millage?

In 2017, the voters of Lyon Township voted for a 0.89 operating millage to fund operation of LTPL for 10 years. Due to Headlee Rollback, the Library Operating millage collection rate in 2022 is 0.85830. This year that collected $1.2 million dollars. The Library Operating Millage will expire in 2027.

It is probable that the current operating millage will not be sufficient to run the new library. Library administration has been preparing for this, and has a healthy fund balance to cover any shortfalls before the current millage expires.

House PriceTaxable ValueMillage Rate for 2022Annual Taxes for 2022
$200,000$100,0000.85830$85.83
$300,000$150,0000.85830$128.75
$400,000$200,0000.85830$171.66
$500,000$250,0000.85830$214.58
$600,000$300,0000.85830$257.49
$700,000$350,0000.85830$300.41
$800,000$400,0000.85830$343.32

Why was the 11 Mile Rd and Milford Rd parcel selected instead of other options?

A comprehensive site study was done of 3 Township owned properties to determine which site would be most appropriate and economically feasible for a new library. Community feedback indicated that the two best sites based on cost for construction and location were the parcels at 11 Mile Rd. and Milford Rd., and Mill River. The Township Board decided that pursuing a combined township library/park project at 11 Mile Rd. and Milford Rd. was the best option. Click the image to see the complete site study.

Why can’t we use the Salem South Lyon District Library (SSLDL) instead of building a new facility?

The Salem South Lyon District Library is funded through the property taxes of the City of South
Lyon, Salem Township, and through a special contract with Brighton District Library that splits
the property tax revenue received from Green Oak Township between the three school district
populations of Whitmore Lake, South Lyon, and Brighton. Residents of Lyon Township do not
pay property taxes to support the SSLDL. If your property taxes are paid to Lyon Township, that determines your municipality, regardless of if your mailing address is South Lyon.


SSDL and LTPL both belong to the same library cooperative, TLN. There is equal borrowing
between it’s 53 members. When use of one library by residents from another area exceeds 5%,
The Library Network supports cost recovery measures. In 2002 the use of SSLDL by LTPL
patrons was 15%. A non-resident user fee was implemented by the SSDL Board of Trustees for
$75 which was increased to $100 in 2005, and again in 2010 to $130
. The SSLDL now allows Lyon Township children to check out 5 items at a time.


Subcommittees were formed between LTPL and SSLDL in 2004, and again in 2016 to explore whether a combined library would better serve our communities. After considering the pros and cons of various scenarios, neither Library Board felt that this was a feasible or cost effective possibility. Key factors included:

  • SSLDL currently serves a population of 18,764 and is not big enough to support the added 23,000 plus Lyon Township residents that would suddenly be using their facility. A substantial addition would be required, which would need to be levied on Lyon Township residents.
  • The cost to Lyon Township residents of paying for the expansion of SSLDL would be equal to or greater than the cost to build a new facility in Lyon Township.
  • The SSLDL property cannot sufficiently support continued expansion to accommodate the continued population growth of Lyon Township residents. A new facility on another parcel might be necessary in the near future, placing an added tax burden on SSLDL tax payers.
  • LTPL residents would be forced to use a library that is is not conveniently located for the majority of township residents.

How long would it be before the new library would be open?

If the millage passes on November 8, 2022, ground would be broken on the new library in the spring of 2023, with hope to open in 2024.

What are the planned park amenities?

Funding for the park amenities is not included in the library bond. Funding for the park will come from the Township general fund and potential future grants.

Park amenities cannot be added until the shared infrastructure is in place. Having the infrastructure and library in place will also qualify the township for additional grants to enhance the park.

The Township has approved a conceptual plan that includes:

  • Ball fields
  • Multi-use sports fields
  • Basketball
  • Pickleball
  • Volleyball
  • Food truck locations
  • Playgrounds
  • Amphitheater

When will the new park features be available?

Once infrastructure and library construction is under way, the Township Board will decide the best timing to add park amenities.

Project History


2022 Project Timeline Summary

  • In March 2022, the Library & Township Boards agreed to work together to realize a multi-use municipal site at 11 Mile and Milford Rd.
  • A Library-Park Subcommittee was formed with representatives from both boards,
  • with Library Director, Library hired architect and Township Engineer. The Library Park Subcommittee met in April, May, & June
  • At a special meeting on June 20, both LTPL and Township Boards met to discuss the cost projections and conceptual plans for the library and park project.
  • On July 27, the LTPL Board passed a resolution requesting assistance of the Charter Township of Lyon for acquisition, construction, and financing of public library improvements and approving proposition. 
  • The resolution request was presented to the Lyon Township Board on August 3, asking for approval with the intent of going on the November 8 ballot for a bond to build a new library as part of the Library/Park project. The Township approved the request–committing to $2.5 million dollars for shared infrastructure costs and approving the ballot language for a millage for the new library’s construction. 

Future Library News

  • 8/4/2022 Update
    Lyon Township and LTPL have completed plans for a new Library/Park project, with the Township approving ballot language for a millage for the construction of … Continued
  • 7/27/2022 Update
    The Library Board passed a resolution requesting assistance of the Charter Township of Lyon for acquisition, construction, and financing of public library improvements and approving … Continued
  • 6/9/2022 Update
    The Library and Township officials have been working together through a Library/Park subcommittee on a conceptual plan for a combined municipal site at 11 Mile … Continued
  • 4/6/2022 Update
    The 1st meeting of the Library – Park Planning Subcommittee, composed of Lyon Township and LTPL trustees and staff, had their first planning meeting on … Continued
  • 3/7/2022 Update
    We are excited to announce that the presentation to the Lyon Township Board on March 7 was met with positive feedback from the Township Board … Continued
  • 2/22/2022 Update
    The library is excited by having over 100 people participate in our Open House to discuss a new library/park project in Lyon Township. Quinn Evans … Continued

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