Resident: Council made ‘reasonable’ decision on project request

TO THE EDITOR:

Let’s be honest regarding the proposed senior village.

The Manistee City Council did not vote down the senior village as has been stated. They approved the project with a 10 percent payment in lieu of taxes.

What they did turn down was a request from the developer for a 2 percent PILOT plus a municipal services amount of $6,000.

In the April 24 edition of the MNA, the developers stated or included in their written request that with the normal Ad Valorem taxes, the project would lose approximately $22,000 per year and that with a reduction to 2 percent they would make about $17,000 per year. Seems to me the council turned down a request to have the taxpayers subsidize the project in the amount of $39,000 a year for 45 years. Seems like a reasonable decision by the city council.

Perhaps the Council on Aging should ask the voters directly to increase their mileage to cover the subsidy.

Jeff Jankowski

Manistee

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