2018-08-05 / Insight

Attica Twp. seeks millage for police and fire protection

ATTICA TWP. — On Tuesday voters in Attica Township will be asked for the first time ever to renew the township’s millages for fire service and public safety

“When we passed it in 1999,” said Township Supervisor Al Ochadleus, “we thought it was in perpetuity.”

Last year the state informed the township otherwise.

Township residents will be asked to renew the two millages for another 20 years, the maximum the township can ask for.

The township currently collects one mill each for operating the township fire department and public safety. The township’s current millage actually expires in 2019, but with no election scheduled next fall, township officials decided to piggyback on the August primary to save taxpayers money.

The township’s one-mill fire operating levy generates $150,122 annually and covers the cost of 25 volunteer firefighters, five pieces of equipment and maintaining the fire hall, which was built in 2002.

Until voters approved a countywide ambulance millage in 2016, the public safety millage paid for the township’s ambulance assessment and for two Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies.

The township contracts for 80 hours of police service weekly from the sheriff’s department. Any funds collected by the one-mill tax in excess of what goes to the sheriff is put in the fire department’s escrow account.

For an Attica Township resident with a home with a market value of $100,000 and a taxable value of $50,000, the combined millage would cost approximately $100 annually.

Attica Township’s two polling sites are at the Township Hall, 4350 Peppermill Rd.

Phil Foley

ASKING FOR

20 years

Renew 1.0 mill for fire dept. and public safety

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