Meetings to discuss public safety millage

FLINT TWP. — As the Nov. 4 election approaches, Flint Township police are conducting a series of public information meetings to educate voters about a proposed public safety millage on the ballot.

In June, the township board of trustees unanimously approved November ballot language asking voters for a 3.85 mills increase for public safety including fire and police protection.

The funding is sought to help offset steadily declining revenues for the past five years that have required using the dwindling fund balance to meet expenses.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller has said that the board is turning to voters to decide whether to cut back or continue with the same level of public safety service. If the millage fails, the board may be looking at making cuts including staffing, she said.

The public meetings are being held to provide information about public safety staffing, services and costs to help voters make an informed decision.

Five of the meetings have already taken place. All are presented by Police Chief George Sippert and Lt. Robert Batinkoff.

Schedule of meetings

Here is the schedule for nine remaining meetings:

Genesee Valley Rotary – noon, Tuesday Oct. 14, at the Redwood Lodge, 5304 Gateway Center in Mundy Twp.

Flint heights Terrace Senior Apartments – 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 3064 Miller Rd

Valley Oaks Condo Association (Police Community Room), 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct.14.

West Flint Business Association, noon, Wednesday October 15 at Valley Family Restaurant, 5009 Miller Rd, at Linden Road.

West Flint Optimist Club, 7:30 a.m., Thursday, Oct. 16 at Valley Family Restaurant,

Town Hall Meeting, 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16 at Central Church of the Nazarene, 1205 W. Bristol Road.

Linden Lane High Rise Residents Meeting, 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 20. 3095 Linden Lane, off Lennon Road.

Heritage Condo Association (Police Community Room), 7 p.m.,

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