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Change in Date of Regular Board Meeting to April 23, 2014 @ 7:00 PM due to scheduling conflicts
will TEST every first
Saturday of the month at 12:00 P.M. (noon).
May 6th is quickly
approaching and with it an opportunity to act on a ballot proposal that would,
if approved, levy a Police Protection millage in Waterloo of 1.5 Mils. This
millage will become active in 2015 retiring in 2024. Monies generated from this
millage are to be applied solely in support of police services within Waterloo Township.
Waterloo currently levies operating and public safety millages that will expire
12/31/14. The proposed millage will replace those that expire and eliminate the
need to transfer funds from the township’s general account to cover police
expenses. In other words police services will be independently funded helping
to ensure the township can continue to offer this service.
As a taxpayer in the township,
I’m sure you are wondering what impact the proposed millage will have upon your
individual tax bill. Ultimately this is dependent upon the taxable value of
your home. For example, homes with a taxable value of:
$60,000 will pay $90.00/year for police
$80,000 will pay $120/year for police
$100,000 will pay $150/year for police
$120,000 will pay $180/year for police
If you have further questions
about this proposal, please contact me or another member of the board at your
convenience. Please check our website waterlootwpmi.com often to read
updates. You can also call the township
office at 517-596-8200 if you have further questions.
Waterloo Township Supervisor
Waterloo Township Reviewing Police Department Millage Rates
On March 25,2013 Waterloo Township held a special board meeting to discuss police and operational millages. The Township currently levies .4261 mills for policeservices, and a combined .8464 mills to cover operational costs. The full police millage and .1020 of the operating millage expire in December 2014,necessitating action in a future election.
Following an extensive review of options it was determined the best course of action wouldbe to ask the Waterloo electorate to approve 1.5 mills for the express purpose of covering police services. An operational millage was not deemed necessary due to the board’s demonstrated ability to operate effectively utilizing onlythose funds obtained through revenue sharing with the State of Michigan.
This proposal would have a minimal impact upon the average taxpayer* in Waterloo Township. The current total millage levied is 1.275.At 1.5 mills the proposed police millage would, if approved, result in an average annual increase to the taxpayer of approximately $17.00, slightly less than $1.50 per month. This level of funding would allow the Township to employ two full time officers along with an administrative assistant to support their day-to-day activities.
Ultimately this proposal will provide increased transparency by ensuring funds areutilized for their stated purpose, while slightly simplifying tax bills.Taxation is a contentious enough topic without adding unneeded and unnecessaryredundancies to the process.
*These figures are based on Waterloo Township’s average taxable valuebeing $75,000. Individual propertytaxable value may be higher or lower and can be found on your tax bills, yearly assessment, or by contacting the township.