Mecosta Township Board of Trustees discuss poverty guidelines and development during meeting

MECOSTA TWP. — Helping people in the township was one of the topics during the Mecosta Township Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday.

Trustees approved a 20 percent increase on the state poverty guidelines for families of one of two members living in the township.

NEW BUSINESS: Mecosta Township Treasurer Mary Quinlan (left) and Supervisor Michele Graham (right) look over paperwork during the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Haas)

NEW BUSINESS: Mecosta Township Treasurer Mary Quinlan (left) and Supervisor Michele Graham (right) look over paperwork during the Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday. (Pioneer photo/Meghan Haas)

“It is required by the state of Michigan,” Supervisor Michele Graham said about the guidelines. “If there is only one or two people in the household, we increase the guideline by 20 percent. The township does this as a kind of grace to residents.”

For a single-person households, where less than $14,256 is made a year, property taxes are free. For families of two people, if the total income is less than $19,224, property taxes are free.

In other business, trustees discussed their potential contract with the Mecosta County Development Corporation, to help bring more business to the township.

“I’m proposing to ask to go into contract with the MCDC for whatever amount,” Graham said.

Originally, $2,826 per year was suggested as a financial contribution the township could pay to enter this contract, equaling $1 per resident in the township. The township discussed half of the suggested contribution at a previous meeting.

“I’m still against it,” said Clerk Susan Sikkema. “It’s residents’ money. They are paying all the taxes and we have roads that actually need repair. I think we need to look at that part of it first. To me, it’s giving away money that we could use in a better fit for our residents.”

No action was taken.

In other business:

  • Trustees approved the revision and addendum to Article 6 with the Mecosta-Austin Fire Department to allow the Mecosta-Austin township boards control of future sales and purchases for the department and first responders, which would be split proportionally to the municipalities. The Fire Board has control and responsibility of the department, excluding the sale and purchase of capital assets for the department and first responders, which would be the responsibility of the constituted municipality.
  • Trustees discussed different boards within the township in need of another person to fill Sikkema’s position, as she is retiring. The township fire and cemetery boards should be filled at the January meeting. Trustees approved Sikkema’s resignation.
  • Trustees approved the meeting dates and holidays for 2017.
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Posted by Meghan Gunther-Haas

Meghan is the education reporter for the Pioneer and Herald Review. She can be reached at (231) 592-8382 or by email at mhaas@pioneergroup.com.

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