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September 25, 2013

Shelby property tax millage rates to remain the same for seventh year

By Sarah Wojcik
C & G Staff Writer

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Board of Trustees unanimously approved the same rates the township has seen for the last seven years for the 2014 property tax millage rates. The bottom line: There will be no tax millage increases.

Matt Schmidt, the township’s assessor, presented the millage rates on behalf of the Finance Department. He said the total millage rate for all of Shelby Township operations would stay at 9.2999 mills, which brings in $26.2 million.

The levies break down into 1.18 mills ($3.3 million) for the general operating budget, 3.8624 mills ($10.9 million) for the Police Department operating budget, 3.2575 mills ($9.2 million) for the Fire Department operating budget and 0.5 mills for both the Fire and Police departments’ pensions, a total of 1 mill ($2.8 million).

The Shelby Township millage rates, Schmidt said, are applied to the taxable value of property. He said, based on the average residential value of $190,000 in Shelby Township, the average homeowner will pay $883 per year. That does not include school and county taxes.

“I think that’s pretty low compared to some neighboring communities,” he said.

Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said he was proud of his staff for managing to have surpluses in the general budget, despite declining revenues for the past several years.

“The Headlee (Amendment) is a complicated formula that decides whether a community will receive an increase of taxes,” Stathakis said. “Our revenue has been decreasing for the last three or four years, so there will be no rollback in taxes.”

However, as taxes are depending on residential value, which is climbing, taxes will technically be higher this year.

“We are absolutely not going back to taxpayers to ask for more money so we can spend more,” Stathakis said. “We are all about spending less.”

Stathakis and Clerk Stanley Grot will sign the 2013 tax rate request form to establish Shelby Township’s 2014 property tax millage rates and submit it to the Macomb County Board of Commissioners by Sept. 30, as required by law.

The property tax millage rates only follow state revenue sharing as Shelby Township’s main sources of income.

Kathleen Moore, Shelby Township’s finance director, quoted that state-shared revenue made up 35 percent of the general operating budget revenue, while property taxes made up 22 percent last year.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Sarah Wojcik at swojcik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1029.