Two millage renewals on November ballot

Leading up to the November election, these yard signs from the fire department have been placed around the township.

Leading up to the November election, these yard signs from the fire department have been placed around the township.

FLINT TWP. — Township voters will be asked to renew two millages in the November 3 election. One is a fiveyear renewal for fire equipment and the other is a ten-year renewal for road maintenance.

If not renewed, both millages will expire at the end of the year.

If renewed, the .50 mill Road Millage will be extended through 2025 and provide ongoing maintenance for township roads. Township residents would continue to pay 50 cents on each $1,000 of taxable value of property. The levy would generate about $399,200 in its first year.

The .25 Fire Equipment millage will be extended to 2020 and provide funding for equipment and rescue suits for township firefighters. It costs property owners 25 cents for each $1,000 of taxable value. The first year levy is estimated at $199,600.

Campaigns are underway to urge voters to renew both millages.

Voters narrowly turned down the road millage in the May election with 2,529 residents opposed to 2,407 in favor.

Township officials have created a Road Millage Map available for viewing at the township hall or on the township’s website. The color-coded map shows most projects paid for with road millage funds over the past ten years. For a closer look at the detailed map, see Millage Funded Road Repairs posted on the township’s website at

“We have spent money all over the township … by recommendation of the Road Advisory Committee,” said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller.

Since 2006, the Road Millage generated $6,171,324.00 that was spent on paving, ditching, catch basin repair, crack seal, culvert replacement, dust prevention/ chloriding, lime stoning, signal improvement and charges, a snow plowing pilot program, street sweeping, sidewalk repair, and special assessment district payments, she said.

Major projects included special assessment districts in the Western Hills, Westwood, and Dyewood subdivisions. Major road repair projects included Dye, Calkins and Maple Road.

The Fire Equipment Millage renewal would pay for firefighting needs including trucks and protective gear.

“Fire equipment is not cheap but is needed to operate the fire department and keep the public and fire fighters safe,” said Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burkley.

Equipment needs in the next five years include new engines in 2016, 2017 and 2019 at a cost of $450,000 each, according to a planned purchase schedule that is available for public viewing at Fire Station No. 1 on Reuben Street.

Scheduled purchases also included Self Contained Breathing Apparatus and Compressor, $250,000, in 2017; an Air/ Light Truck in 2018 for an estimated $250,000 and utility vehicles costing about $35,000 each to be bought in 2016 and 2020.

Fire trucks are the biggest expense for the department, Burkley said.

“We maintain a fleet of 6 engines to serve Flint Township,” he said. Two back-up engines purchased in 1991 are 24 years old and a third engine purchased in 1996 is 19 years old. All have high maintenance costs, he said. Mileage and maintenance costs are starting to mount for the lead engines, purchased in 2008.

Also, air packs last about 15 years and will need replacing in 2017, he said.

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