Millage renewal requests await Filer Township voters

Millage renewals are being requested for Filer Township's garbage and trash disposal as well as its fire department operations. The same requests have previously been passed by voters multiple times throughout the years. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Millage renewals are being requested for Filer Township’s garbage and trash disposal as well as its fire department operations. The same requests have previously been passed by voters multiple times throughout the years. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

FILER TWP. — Voters in Filer Township will find a pair of familiar proposals on their ballots in the Aug. 7 primary election.

Millage renewals are being requested for the township’s garbage and trash disposal as well as its fire department operations. The same requests have previously been passed by voters multiple times throughout the years.

“We’re not looking at any increases,” said Terry Walker, Filer Township supervisor. “These are both renewals for services that have been very good to the township for as far back as I can remember.

“Even though costs of operations seem to keep going up as tax revenues go down, you try your best not to increase tax requests, and right now we’re holding the line,” he added. “Hopefully that will ease the voters’ minds.”

The township is requesting renewal of one mill for a five-year period (2018-2020) to offset the cost for garbage and trash disposal through Republic Services. If approved, an estimated $145,303 in revenue would be generated in the first year for that purpose.

“I think our residents have always been really happy with their service,” Walker said. “They allow up to three bags per residence on a weekly basis and then on the first pickup of each month, you’re allowed to put out one large item for pick up, like a couch, bed or carpet.

“It’s the same family-owned company that we’ve been working with for years.”

In a similar vein, residents are also being asked to renew half a mill for a five-year period (2018-2022) for the Filer Township Fire Department’s fire and rescue operations.

“That goes back for years and years too,” Walker said. “And our fire department has done a great job. We always hear positive feedback for the work they do.”

The current levies for both millage requests expired in 2017.

Filer Township voters who head to the polls on Aug. 7 will find the following language on their ballot:

Garbage and trash disposal renewal

Shall the Charter Township of Filer, Manistee County, Michigan, increase the constitutional limitation on the total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed upon real and tangible personal property for all purposes in the Charter Township of Filer, Manistee County, Michigan, by one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) and levy the amount of one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) for a period of five (5) years (2018-2022, inclusive) for the purpose of defraying the cost of garbage and trash removal within the Charter Township of Filer?

This is a renewal of the prior one (1) mill levy for garbage and trash removal that expired in 2017; if approved, it is estimated that the revenue generated by this proposal in the first year would be $145,303. The revenues generated by this proposal will be disbursed to the Charter Township of Filer. A portion of the millage may be subject to capture by and disbursed to the Charter Township of Filer Downtown Development Authority.

Fire department operations renewal

Shall the Charter Township of Filer, Manistee County, Michigan, increase the constitutional limitation on the total amount of general ad valorem taxes imposed upon real and tangible personal property for all purposes in the Charter Township of Filer, Manistee County, Michigan, by one-half (1/2) mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable valuation) and levy one-half (1/2) mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of taxable) for a period of five (5) years (2018-2022, inclusive) for township fire and rescue operations within the Charter Township of Filer?

This is a renewal of the prior one-half (1/2) mill for township fire and rescue operations that expired in 2017; if approved, it is estimated that the revenue generated by this proposal in the first year would be $72,652. The revenues generated by this proposal will be disbursed to the Charter Township of Filer. A portion of the millage may be subject to capture by and disbursed to the Charter Township of Filer Downtown Development Authority.

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Posted by Dylan Savela

Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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