Flint Township View

Split vote on hiring new assessor

FLINT TWP. — A motion to post an open position in the assessment department was approved did not win full board support at the June 1 township board meeting.

Trustees Barb Vert and Belenda Parker voted against the proposal to post the position that was vacated in late May when 12-year employee Nermina Vidovic, resigned.

Vert questioned why the board is not using suggestions from a Feasibility Study conducted in 2012 that looked at ways to save money by merging some services with Swartz Creek and Mundy Township.

The township paid $13,000 — one-third of a $39,000 fee — for a six-month study that analyzed shared service possibilities in the police, fire, building and assessing departments. It was conducted by Mark Nottley of Ann Arbor-based Municipal Consulting Services.

Findings include streamlining the assessing department by outsourcing all in-house services except clerical – a move that Nottley said could save Flint Township about $185,500.

“The Feasibility Study has some good ideas, but we have yet to implement anything in it,” Vert said.

Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, one of five board members who voted in favor of filling the budgeted position, said the assessment department needs more than one level three assessor-appraiser to handle the workload.

She said that Bill Fowler, the township’s level four assessor who was hired in 2013, was reassigning duties in the department and following some of the efficiencies identified in the study.

She suggested that Vert meet with Fowler to get a better explanation.

Parker also said she voted against posting the position because it did not follow recommendations of the Feasibility Study.

The posted position is for a full-time appraiser to work under the supervision of the deputy assessor.

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