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Police, safety path millage renewals slated for ballot

By: Linda Shepard | Rochester Post | Published April 20, 2016

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OAKLAND TOWNSHIP — A police millage and a safety path and trails network millage will be on the upcoming November general election ballot.

“The police millage is strictly a renewal,” Oakland Township Supervisor Terry Gonser said at the April 12 Board of Trustees meeting. “Safety paths is a reduction.”

Oakland Township voters will be asked whether they approve renewing a police millage, a six-year continuation of 1.6998 mills to provide for equipment, operating costs, personnel costs and more. Approval would provide $1,699.80 per $1,000 of taxable value and would result in the collection of $2,224,309 in the first year.

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is contracted to provide services in Oakland Township, and the Oakland Township substation is located at 4393 Collins Road. According to Oakland Township officials, the owner of a house worth $200,000 would pay approximately $170 per year if the renewal is approved.

A safety path and trails network ballot question proposes the renewal of a 10-year levy at a reduced millage rate of 0.17 mills, down from 0.25 mills. The millage funds would 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, and acquisition of property and rights of way, according to township officials.

Township officials estimate that the proposal would result in up to $222,454.15 in the first year if approved and levied.

The Safety Path and Trails Committee works to build a nonmotorized recreational trail system. Using its master plan and established criteria as a guide, the committee reviews and recommends trails and pathways that will best serve the township, according to officials.

Owners of a home priced at $200,000 would pay about $17 a year if the millage is approved, according to Oakland Township officials.

By a unanimous vote April 12, the Board of Trustees approved language for the police and safety path millage ballot questions.

“It is a good thing for residents to see a reduction (on the safety paths millage),” Gonser said.

“This is our best estimate on what will allow us to continue for the next 10 years,” Treasurer Jeanne Langlois said.

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