2018-08-12 / News

Public safety measures pass in Attica Township

ATTICA TWP. — No yard signs. No door to door canvassing. No committee to drum up support. No nothing and Attica Township’s millages for fire service and public safety still passed by a more than two-to-one margin.

On Tuesday Attica Township voters approved a pair of one mill tax levies for operating the township fire department and public safety 786 to 371.

Township officials were caught flat-footed when they discovered last year that their police and fire millages would expire next year. “When we passed it in 1999,” said Township Supervisor Al Ochadleus, “we thought it was in perpetuity.”

With no election scheduled next fall, township officials decided to piggyback on the August primary to save taxpayers money.

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 will cost approximately $100 annually. Approving the measures means no change in what taxpayers in Attica Township are already paying.

The two millages cover the cost of operating the township’s 25-member fire department and contracting with the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. for two deputies.

Ochadleus said he was somewhat surprised by how wide the margin was, but “grateful for the community’s support.”

Phil Foley

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