Township votes 4-2 to adopt new road debt

FLINT TWP. — Flint Township Board of Trustees voted 4-2, with Trustees Belenda Parker and Barb Vert dissenting, to adopt a new road debt service fund and budget for the Dyewood Road Special Assessment Project at its Sept. 20 meeting.

Before the vote, Parker voiced her reasons for not voting in favor due to the billing process not being “fair or proper.” Parker said residents believed the bills for the assessment would be coming out later when in fact, bills were sent out two weeks after the assessment was passed. “Residents should have been given ample time (to pay the bill),” she said.

Supervisor Karyn Miller reiterated her previous statements that the bills would go out when construction started, and that she had five different people tell her when to start the billing process.

In an interoffice memo from Controller Beth Takacs to board members, Takacs wrote that “the issuance of bonds to finance the Dyewood Road project require us to establish a debt service fund to account for the Dyewood special assessment collections and the payments of the bond principal and interest.” The township began collecting payments for the Dyewood project in August. Currently, the projected fund balance on Dec. 31, 2010 of the debt service fund is $100,500 with $500 coming from interest earnings and $100,000 from road installments.

Trustee Frank Kasle questioned what the $100,000 was from, and Miller said it was from Dyewood residents who already paid their portion of the special assessment. According to Takacs’s memo, the assessments that have not been paid by Aug. 31 will be assessed to the resident’s 2010 winter tax bill, but “we may not collect those funds until February 2011.”

For more information on the Dyewood Road Special Assessment Project, contact the township at 810- 732-1350.

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