While maintaining the same local millage rate for 13 years, Shelby Township reports that it has invested more than $103 million in local infrastructure improvements since 2008. These improvements include more than $70 million spent on roads, including this year’s $1.51 million repair and overlay to 21 Mile Road, pictured.

While maintaining the same local millage rate for 13 years, Shelby Township reports that it has invested more than $103 million in local infrastructure improvements since 2008. These improvements include more than $70 million spent on roads, including this year’s $1.51 million repair and overlay to 21 Mile Road, pictured.

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Shelby Township renews local millage rates, keeps same overall rate

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published October 7, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — The Shelby Township Board of Trustees voted on the local millage rates during a meeting Sept. 17.

The board voted at the meeting to keep the township’s local tax rate at 9.2999 mills.

The millage includes 1 mill allocated to general operations, 1 mill to the police and fire pension, 3.1058 mills to fire operations and 4.1941 mills to police operations.

The rate approved by the board is below the maximum allowable rate of 10.6785 mills.

“It is a better time than ever before to be a resident of Shelby Township, and I am proud that it doesn’t mean it has to cost more to live here. We’ve built new police and fire stations, built a new courthouse, improved roads, added an activities center, and have a new $11.2 million Shelby Township Library coming to our community, and we have the same tax rate that the township adopted in 2006. It’s been a great experience working with my fellow board members to make this happen for our residents,” Trustee Lynn Wilhelm saidin an email.

For a $200,000 home, the difference of 1.3786 mills between 9.2999 mills and 10.6785 mills accounts for $137.86 annually. The tax rate costs taxpayers owning $200,000 homes, which have a taxable value of $100,000, $929.99 per year.

With a rate of 9.2999 mills, Shelby Township reports that it maintains the lowest overall millage rate of any of the 12 Macomb County municipalities that provide full-time police and full-time fire protection.

“Shelby Township could levy 10.6785 mills, which is almost 15% more than the amount that is being requested,” Assessor Matthew Schmidt said in an prepared statement.

“The 2019 requested millage rate of 9.2999 mills is the same millage rate that has been established in Shelby Township for the past 13 years,” he said.

At the rate of 9.2999 mills, the township is projected to collect approximately $32.6 million in property tax revenues in 2020. According to a press release from the township, it will mark the first time since the economic downtown in 2008 that township revenues have exceeded the $32.4 million mark of 2007.

“Unlike many municipalities, we did not raise taxes to cover reduced revenues,” Shelby Township Supervisor Rick Stathakis said in an prepared statement.

“We addressed our strategic needs and our core services with reduced budgets. Because of our hardworking employees and the leadership of this board, we managed more than 10 years of consecutive operating budget surpluses without raising taxes. What is even more remarkable, though, is we did so while saving to improve township facilities, services and infrastructure,” he said.

The township has also addressed its long-term financial obligations by making contributions to fully fund and close the police and fire pension system and work toward fully funding obligations for retiree health care and other post-employment benefits.

“The township still has significant liabilities for retiree health care that add up to roughly $33.5 million,” Treasurer Michael Flynn said of the township’s long-term financial liabilities, in an prepared statement.

“In the past few years, we’ve increased contributions to fund retiree health care liabilities from 60% to 70% up to 80% or higher. The plan is to continue setting aside money to fund retiree health care obligations at a high rate so that we can chip away at the liability and get to 100% funded status,” he said.

During the meeting, Stathakis said the township has worked toward $70 million in new roads, $17.2 million in new and improved public safety and court facilities, $4.95 million in recreation amenities — such as the new Shelby Township Activities Center, the Chief Gene Shepherd Park and splash pad, and new and improved hiking and bike trails — and an $11.2 million Shelby Township Library.  

These improvements account for more than $103 million in new and enhanced facilities and amenities in the township since 2008.  

According to the township, all projects have been paid in cash with no debt, no bonding and no increase in local taxes.

“Shelby Township proves government can meet its financial obligations, provide essential services and improve infrastructure without raising taxes,” Shelby Township Clerk Stan Grot said in an prepared statement.

For more information on the millage rate renewal, call the township at (586) 739-5100.

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