2018-08-05 / Insight

Dryden Twp. is asking voters to pass 2.3-mill levy for police service


Dryden Township Police Chief Larry Pack and Sgt. Shawn Peters are hopeful Dryden Township voters will continue to support local policing as they have for 60 years. 
Photo by Phil Foley Dryden Township Police Chief Larry Pack and Sgt. Shawn Peters are hopeful Dryden Township voters will continue to support local policing as they have for 60 years. Photo by Phil Foley DRYDEN TWP. — Dryden Township voters will be asked Tuesday to approve 2.3 mills to fund the police department, which includes four full-time offices, 10 part-time officers and a part-time clerk.

For the past five years township taxpayers have been paying 1.9487 mills, but that hasn’t covered the cost of the police department, forcing the township to dip into the department’s fund balance.

Sgt. Shawn Peters noted that between 2008 and 2017 revenue generated by the millage dropped from $456,000 to $374,000. Peters noted that while revenue has dropped, “the cost of everything keeps going up.””

Increasing the property tax to 2.3 mills would generate approximately $476,562 annually.

For a Dryden Township resident in a home with a market value of $200,000 and a taxable value of $100,000, the proposed tax would cost $230 a year.

The Dryden Township Police Dept. currently consists of a chief, sergeant, two full-time police officers, up to nine part-time police officers and a part-time administrative person. The force provides 24/7 police protection for the 36-square-mile community of nearly 5,000 residents.

Dryden Township’s two precincts both vote at the Dryden Township Hall, 4849 Dryden Rd.

Phil Foley

ASKING FOR

5 years

Raise from 1.9487 mills to 2.3 mills

Raise $476,562 to fund township police department

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