Oakland Township voters pass trails, police millages

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published November 8, 2016

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Township residents showed support for their local trail network and police Nov. 8 by renewing two millages, and Jeanne Langlois will retain her position as township treasurer.

The safety path and trails network ballot proposal renews a 10-year levy at a reduced millage rate of 0.17 mills, down from 0.25 mills. According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, 7,511 people voted yes for the safety paths and trails proposal, and 2,354 voted no.
“We love the trails,” said Oakland Township resident Patti Toma after voting at Baldwin Elementary School. “They are beautiful.”

  The township’s safety paths and trails 10-year strategic vision aims to support a healthy lifestyle and to provide safe routes as an alternative to motorized transportation. The vision aims to provide safe access to parks, trails, churches, shopping and community facilities.

“I use the trails all the time,” said township resident Robert Johnson. “Three times a week for sure. They are always well-maintained, groomed and scenic.”

The safety path millage funds will be used for the construction and maintenance of a network of safety paths, trails and boardwalks to provide healthy recreational opportunities and safe routes to schools, parks and neighborhoods in the township; as well as for the acquisition of property and rights of way, according to township officials.

Township officials estimate the  safety path proposal will result in up to $222,454.15 in the first year. Owners of a home priced at $200,000 will pay about $17 per year for 10 years, state Oakland Township officials.

Residents also approved a six-year police millage renewal, authorizing 1.7193 mills for township police services, including equipment, operating costs, officer quarters and personnel costs.

According to unofficial results from the Oakland County Clerk’s Office, 7,540 people voted yes for the police millage renewal, and 2,227 voted no.

The police millage will provide roughly $1.70 per $1,000 of taxable value on a resident’s home and will result in the collection of $2,224,309 in the first year. According to Oakland Township officials, the owner of a house worth $200,000 will pay approximately $170 per year for six years.
Incumbent Oakland Township Treasurer Langlois, a Republican, received 7,090 votes, while her opponent, John Markel, of no party affiliation, received 1,679 votes.

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