In Michigan, the state levies a fine every time a weigh station determines a truck is overweight. Most of the money goes to a local public library. But penal fines administered by courts—and they go well beyond overloaded semis—have been decreasing in recent years. This means libraries across the state are losing out on thousands of dollars that would pay for books, programs, even utility bills. In FY 2019, Pinckney (Mich.) Community Public Library received $23,787 in penal fine revenue, $8,108 less than it received in 2018. An annual fundraiser held the last few years has helped, Director Hope Siasoco said.
Livingston (Mich.) Daily, Oct. 17