Fire millage renewal to appear on November ballot

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 31, 2016

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On Aug. 16, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted unanimously to place the question of a millage renewal to support the operation of the Fire Department on the Nov. 8 ballot.

The 20-year millage was last approved in 1996 and will expire at the end of 2017. The question is whether or not to renew the existing fire millage of up to 3.75 mills for 2018-2037.

“This is not a tax increase,” Supervisor Rick Stathakis said. “It is a continuation of what we have now.”

The ballot proposal, as approved by the Board of Trustees, states:

“Shall the authorized Charter Millage for Fire Operations purposes within the Charter Township of Shelby, Macomb County, Michigan be renewed at up to 3.75 mills ($3.75 per $1,000 of taxable value) upon real and tangible personal property which, if levied, will raise estimated revenues in the first year of up to $11,325,953 which shall be allocated for fire protection services, including vehicles, apparatus, equipment, housing, personnel, and emergency medical and ambulance service.”

Fire Chief Jim Swinkowski said the renewal of the millage for fire operations would not affect the allocation of major funds set by the Board of Trustees.

“Obviously, our fire millage is where we get our funding from, and the millage is expiring,” Swinkowski said. “Last time it passed in about a 2-1 margin.”

If the millage were to expire, he said, the township would have to go back and do a special assessment.

“This is the only way we get our funding for the Fire Department, so it’s obviously a necessity,” Swinkowski said. “It’s due to expire in 2018.”

Treasurer Michael Flynn made the motion to approve the fire millage ballot question for the Nov. 8 election, supported by Trustee Paula Filar.

For more information, call the Shelby Township Fire Department’s headquarters at (586) 731-3476.

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