Early Wednesday morning, the day after the August Primary Election, the Van Buren Township Clerk’s office sent out a notice for a special township board meeting at 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9. The only item on the agenda is to consider approval of the Public Safety Millage Proposal ballot language for the Nov. 8 General Election.
The proposal is for 6.5 mills for seven years. This would replace the 4-mill levy that expires in December 2016.
The ballot question proposal reads:
CHARTER TOWNSHIP OF VAN BUREN
COUNTY OF WAYNE, MICHIGAN
Ballot Question Proposal – Public Safety Millage
Shall the Charter Township of Van Buren, Wayne County, Michigan assess a 6.5 mill levy to provide funds for public safety services, including: police; fire; dispatch; emergency
management; and ordinance enforcement? The 6.5 mills ($6.50 per $1,000 taxable value) is to be levied against all property within the Township, pursuant to 1947 PA 359, as amended, for a period of seven years beginning December 2017 through December 2023, inclusive, which would be approximately $6,421,136 when first levied in December 2017, less the estimated tax captures: Downtown Development Authority in the amount of $292,084 (pursuant to 1975 PA 197, as amended); and Local Development Finance Authority in the amount of $128,266 (pursuant to 1986 PA 281, as amended). If approved, this new millage would replace a previously authorized police and fire services millage that expires December 2016.