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Two Millage Proposals Up For Vote In Dexter Township On August 7th

Aug 1, 2018

Dexter Township Hall
Credit Dwight Burdette

Dexter Township voters will decide two tax measures next week. 89.1 WEMU's Taylor Pinson has more on the millage questions that will appear on the August 7th ballot.


Both tax questions have to do with public safety: The township is seekinga five-year renewal of 1.4 mills of property tax to continue funding police services. It would be an extension of a voter-approved measure from 2014 and generate over $555,000 each year beginning in 2019.  The money would be used in several ways, including contracting for police services, hiring officers and staff, and the purchase and/or lease of police vehicles and equipment.

Voters in Dexter Township are also being asked to approve a 5-year, 2.4 mill tax increase for firefighting services.  Harley Rider is the township's supervisor.  He says the increase is needed to help cover the cost of new equipment and other upgrades.

“We’re finally paying the piper, so to speak, because a lot of our equipment is obsolete” says Rider. “And in order to continue to participate in the Dexter Area Fire Department and have that public safety service out here, we need to increase the funding available to do that.”

If passed, the levy is expected to generate over $900,000 in the first year of collection, which will also be in 2019.

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— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News.  Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him studio@wemu.org