Gun Plain: millage would pave roads in a decade

Daniel Pepper, Interim Editor

How much is it worth to be sure your road will be fixed?

Gun Plain Township board members are considering asking voters whether 5 mills is a sum they would consider, but haven’t made a final decision yet.

“We have 71 miles of road,” township Supervisor Mike VanDenBerg said. “If we did it, (estimates say) we could do 60 miles in 10 years, but with how cheaply we usually do things around here, I think we could get it all done.”

The township also has 14.5 miles of gravel roads under its jurisdiction and the current estimate is that to repave a mile of road costs about $785,000. The township funds its own road improvements outside of the main roads like M-89.

An extra-voted road millage of 5 mills would increase property taxes about $250 per year for the owner of a home worth $100,000.

If approved, such a millage would net about $1 million per year to put into roads. The township spent about $200,000 from its general fund on roads in this year’s budget.

For full story, pick up a copy of the March 17 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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