How One Township is Maintaining Their Roads!

This is from an article in the “Daily Press & Argus

“In Livingston County Michigan, Iosco Township Clerk Dan Delmerico said there are no potholes in his municipality.

That wouldn’t be the case, however, had voters not renewed a five-year, 1.4133-mill road maintenance and improvement tax levy.

On Nov. 4, township residents will again decide if they again wish to renew the millage, which funds chloride applications and dust control covering 45 miles of township roads, Delmerico said.

Without the renewal, the township’s “roads would become like the rest of Michigan,” he said, noting the township doesn’t generate enough revenue to pay for maintenance and repairs itself.

The tax levy also covers the removal of decaying trees along road as well as chip-and-seal maintenance, he said.

The owner of a home with a market value of $200,000 would pay $141.33 in taxes a year for the cause. It’s estimated to generate $178,000 in its first year.”

BALLOT LANGUAGE

To provide funds, One Point Four One Three Three (1.4133) Mills ($1.4133 per $1,000.00 of State Taxable Valuation) for the improvement, maintenance, and dust control of public roads in Iosco Township for a period of five (5) years beginning December 2015. Shall the expired previous voted increases in the tax limitations imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution in Iosco Township, of 1.5 mills ($1.50 per $1,000.00 of taxable value), reduced to 1.4133 mills ($1.4133 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) by the required millage rollbacks, be renewed at 1.4133 mills ($1.4133 per $1,000.00 of taxable value) and levied for a period of five (5) years from 2015 through 2019 inclusive for funding road maintenance, road improvements and dust control for the public roads of the Township of Iosco, Livingston County, Michigan, raising an estimated $178,000.00 in the first year the millage is levied?

With the Michigan Legislature at a stalemate on how to fund crumbling roads in Michigan. Some Counties, Municipalities and Townships are leading the charge to maintain their roads before they are to badly damaged to repair. These fixes are sorely needed, it’s always painful to have to increase taxes. But, I think the wisdom here is it’s better to pay a little now, rather then a lot later. Meanwhile, we will be able to get to work, school or shopping without tearing the undercarriage out of our vehicles.

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About Dave Budd

Vice President of Product Development and Marketing, Great Lakes Chloride, Inc. Serving Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. Retired Michigan DOT, October 2010 after 32 years experience in Maintenance/Operations. Specializing in winter operations and liquid de-icers and anti-icers.
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