On the Nov. 6, 2012 ballot for voters in the Ann Arbor District Library district was a proposal that would have levied an estimated 0.47 mill tax to pay for a new library building at the same site of the existing library building at Fifth and William streets. The proposal was defeated, gaining support from 33,604 voters (44.83%), with 41,359 votes (55.17%) cast against it. Support inside the city of Ann Arbor was slightly stronger, with 46.4% voting for the proposal compared with 41.2% voting for it outside the city. 

In addition to the city of Ann Arbor, the AADL district includes parts of the townships of Pittsfield, Scio, Ann Arbor, Lodi, Webster, Salem and Superior. The district coincides with the Ann Arbor Public School district, except for the corners of a precinct on the northern edge of the AAPS district, which are located in Northfield Township.

Election Results Map: AADL Building Proposal Nov-2012

Voters in the Ann Arbor District Library district voted on Nov. 6, 2012 on the proposal to issue bonds to construct a new building at the same site as the existing downtown building.  The proposal got support from 33,604 voters (44.83%), with 41,359 votes (55.17%) cast against it

Map generated from this file: AADL Building Bond 2012 AAPS 2014 and School Elections 2014.csv

Nov. 6, 2012 AADL Building Proposal: Ballot Language

The Ann Arbor District Library board of trustees voted to approve the ballot language on July 30, 2012:

Ballot Language: Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Building Proposal. Shall the Ann Arbor District Library, formed by the Ann Arbor Public Schools and the City of Ann Arbor, County of Washtenaw, State of Michigan, borrow the sum of not to exceed sixty-five million dollars ($65,000,000) and issue its general obligation unlimited tax bonds, in one or more series, payable in not to exceed thirty (30) years from the date of issuance of such bonds, for the purpose of paying all or part of the costs of constructing, furnishing and equipping a new main library building to be located at the current site of the downtown library building, including costs related thereto?

Also appearing on the ballot was this informational text:

Informational Text: The estimated millage to be levied in 2013 to pay the debt service on such bonds is 0.56 mills ($0.56 per $1,000 of taxable value) and the estimated simple average annual millage rate required to retire the bonds is 0.47 mills ($0.47 per $1,000 of taxable value). In accordance with State law, a portion of the revenue collected may be subject to capture by the City of Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority and the Scio Township Downtown Development Authority.