Martin Township: Headlee override sought

By: 
Ryan Lewis, Editor

Voters in Martin Township will be asked whether or not they support increasing the township’s operating millage back up to 1.07 mills for 20 years.

The millage has been gradually reduced by the Headlee Amendment throughout the years to 0.8629 mill. If voters pass Martin Township’s proposal, it will be increased by 0.2071 mill.

In its first year (2014) the increase will bring in another approximately $17,100.

Township supervisor Glenn Leep said the increased revenue will help the township catch up on some of the things it has put off as costs have risen in recent years.

“We know we’ve been behind on work at the cemetery,” Leep said. “That’s one of our larger things.

“The budget is getting drained; we don’t have as much to spend on anything—roads, cemeteries.”

He believes it has been decades since there was an increase to the millage.

“This is just on the ballot in order to provide basic services to township residents,” Leep said. “Building maintenance, all those things.

“We haven’t spent the money yet. There are always things going on with fire trucks and emergency vehicles; you have to try and keep up. When it passes, we’ll have a home for it.”

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