Information compiled by the Sun Times reporting team, www.thesuntimesnews.com
With the August 2018 special election right around the corner, voters have several candidates and proposals to consider.
On the ballot for proposals are millage increases for residents of Dexter and Manchester Townships.
In Dexter Township there is a proposal to increase the millage for fire services. If approved, this millage proposal would increase the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution up to 2.4 mills (2.4 per $1,000 of taxable value), for five years – 2019 through 2023. The purpose of the proposed millage is to provide funds for fire and emergency services including personnel, equipment and facilities. It is estimated that if approved, $938,827 will be collected the first year the millage is levied.
Dexter Township resident voters will also be asked to consider a renewal of the police services millage. The previously approved increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IZ, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution of up to 1.4199 mills ($1.4199 per $1,000 of taxable value), for five years is requested for 2019 through 2023 for police services, including but not limited to: contracting for police services; hiring police officers and related staff; purchase and or lease of police vehicles and equipment; construction, purchase and or lease of facilities for police operations; contracting for dispatch services; and any and all other services related to police activities within Dexter Township. If approved this millage would raise an estimated $555,434.00 in the first year it is levied.
Manchester Township resident voters are asked to consider a renewal and increase extra-voted millage for fire protection services to offset Headlee rollbacks. The proposal asks voters to renew the expired, previously approved increase in the tax limitation imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Manchester Township, of .65 mills ($.65 per $1,000 of taxable value), that was reduced by the Headlee rollbacks to .6458 ($.64 per $1,000 of taxable value) during the term of the millage – to be renewed at and increased up to the original vote .65 mills ($.65 of $1,000 of taxable value) and levied for five years – 2018 through 2022 for fire protection services. If approved, this millage would raise an estimated $126,098 in the first year levied. Of which, a portion may be disbursed to other budget items as the township board members deem appropriate.
For more information about the up-coming August 7, 2018 elections, go to: https://www.washtenaw.org/304/Elections