Township board pondering millage renewal proposals

FLINT TWP. — Voters will likely be asked to approve two millage renewals this year.

Proposed language for a 10-year road millage renewal and a five-year fire equipment renewal were on the township board’s Monday agenda but deleted to allow more discussion time.

Also Trustee Frank Kasle was absent from the meeting and needs to be part of the discussion, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

Both millages expire at the end of this year, Miller said. That means they will need to be presented to voters on the May, August or November ballot.

The postponed proposals targeted the May election with language due to Genesee County Clerk’s office no later than Feb. 10.

Miller said the renewal proposals might come up at the next board meeting on Feb. 2 or at a later date.

The Road Millage was first approved by township voters in 2006. The renewal is for .50 mills (($0.50 on each $1,000 taxable value) for ten years – 2016 to 2025. It would continue to be used to pay for road maintenance and improvements. The first year levy would generate an estimated $400,221 in revenue.

The Fire Safety Protection Equipment Renewal also first won voter approval in 2006 and was renewed in 2010. It is used to purchase equipment and rescue suits for township firefighters.

The proposed.25 mills renewal millage ($0.25 on each $1,000 taxable value) would be for five years – 2016- 2020. The first year levy would generate an estimated $200,110 in revenue.

Voters narrowly passed a Public Safety Millage in the November 2014 election. The 3.85 mill levy is expected to generate about $3 million a year and will cost the average taxpayer an additional $134 a year.

The millage was requested to maintain and improve current levels of service in the police and fire departments. Dwindling township revenues in recent years has led to staff reductions in both departments.

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