Hearing held for township budget

Marijuana ordinance amended

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published June 9, 2021


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township will soon finalize its next budget.

The first of two public hearings was held May 26 for the 2021-2022 fiscal year budget. The fiscal year runs July 1, 2021, through June 30, 2022.

In the preliminary budget summary, $18,061,269 is in the general fund revenues, with $18,115,361 in expenditures, an expected difference of $54,092. The estimated fund balance at the end of the fiscal year is $20,330,260.

Finance Director Stacy Smith said the general fund, fire improvement fund, municipal roadway fund and building authority fund all reflect a shortfall for the year.

On the flip side, fire operating, parks and recreation operating and revolving, law enforcement, public improvement, fire pension, retiree healthcare, and the water and sewer    funds all exhibit a surplus.

Treasurer Leon Drolet complimented Smith and the finance department for being so capable of gathering complex information and for having a knowledge and history of each fund.

“As a result of the work by departments, employees, the finance department and elected officials, the budget is balanced,” he said. “That should go without saying, but many budgets go into what is called the fund balance, where they project to spend more than they take in and eat away at savings.”

Drolet said a balanced budget cuts taxes and funds what the township believes are the highest priorities it can afford.

“I know municipal budgets are not easy and not like personal budgets,” Trustee Charlie Oliver said. “When you work with taxpayers’ money, everything is so specific.”

Clerk Kristi Pozzi said this budget process was energetic and everyone worked together with dynamic ideas on how to balance the budget.

The next hearing was June 9, after press time.

Marijuana ordinance amendment approved
The board also unanimously approved amending the township’s ordinance code for medical marijuana.

The ordinance is to provide for the permitted growing, processing, handling and use of medical marijuana, consistent in part with the township’s recently adopted zoning regulations regarding caregivers.

Attorney Tim Tomlinson, who handles general municipal work for the township, said the township already has a regulatory ordinance that includes provisions for caregivers to grow in residential units.

“To be consistent with our zoning ordinance, we’ve revised the regulatory ordinance so that they are parallel,” he said. “It’s another tool in our chest to deal with caregivers in residential areas.”   

The recent regulations took effect May 24.