1)The city should negotiate with the Bloomfield Township library to allow city residents to borrow its books.
42.2% Strongly Agreed 21.1% Agreed 14.2% Disagreed 15.3% Strongly Disagreed 7.1% Had no Opinion
Author's Note: What is interesting here is that that close to 40% either had no opinion or were opposed to negotiations entirely. The 63.1 % agreed number would drop drastically when the topic of money was introduced. Surveys traditionally report that people queried love children, puppy dogs, libraries and housing for low income individuals but that love does not necessarily translate into action.
2)City residents should vote whether to increase their millage to pay taxes to the township library to allow city residents to borrow books .
29.7% Strongly Agreed 24.5% Agreed 18.8% Disagreed 21.4% Strongly Disagreed 5.7% had no opinion.
Author's Note: The Question is clear the answer is not. 54.5% say get our OK before you do anything. 45% seem to say that a prior OK is not necessary or they have no opinion on the matter. In early 2008 times were good but not that good. Maybe the 40% who disagreed or strongly disagreed were disagreeing to increasing their millage or holding an election do so.
3)The city should not negotiate with the township library to borrow books or vote to pay taxes to the township library to borrow books unless the library allows the city to verify what it actually costs the library to lend books to city residents.
40% Strongly Agreed 24.2% Agreed 11.8% Disagreed 13.9% Strongly Disagreed 10% had no opinion.1100% has .7% had nAuthor's note: A great idea which no library has ever supported. 64.2 % said great idea. 26% percent said they'd let it slide and 10% had no opinion.
4)The city should continue the agreement with the Troy public library to allow city residents to borrow its books.32.6% Strongly Agreed 30 % Agreed10.9% Disagreed 14.8 % Strongly Disagreed 14.8% had no opinion
Authors Note: 15 % no opinion rings true. Probably people who never got to the Troy Library. 26% disagreeing probably also reflects an accurate number of residents who found the Troy library inconveniently distant or of lesser stature than the Township Library. In 2008 the Township library was completing massive remodel. A similar one planned for Troy was put hold due to budget constraints. The 63% who "agreed" were probably puppy dog lovers who's number totally dwarfed the number of residents who actually used the Troy Library. The TPL annual usage from the City was in the hundreds. 63% of the City of Bloomfield Hills is approximately in excess 2,500
In short the only recent, written, and professionally compiled survey on the subject of expanded library participation for the City of Bloomfield Hills revealed something far less than a ringing endorsement. To be continued...