Norman Township fire seeks two millage renewals

NORMAN TWP. — On the ballot for the Aug. 7 primary election is a pair of proposed millage renewals for the Norman Township Fire department in Wellston.

While both proposals are not new, Mary Soule, Norman Township clerk, said there are no changes from previous years.

“It’s just renewal of a millage we’ve had for many years,” she said.

A Norman Township proposal for fire department operations is the first of the two, in which Soule said the department is asking for a two mill renewal of operating millage for a period of two years (2018-19).

The previous millage expired in 2017, and it is estimated revenue generated by this proposal in the first year would amount to about $121,458.18.

Vital to run the fire department, Soule said it pays for operations and maintenance, vehicles, wages for the crew members, supplies, building costs, utilities, maintenance and upkeep of the building.

Gary Melzner, who has been the fire chief for over a year, said there are no major equipment purchases that need to be made.

Currently, he said the department has 26 crew members and goes on 350 runs on average a year.

“At a typical fire department you are always looking to upgrade to more efficient and better quality equipment,” said Melzner. “At this time, right now, our equipment is probably in excellent shape.”

Also on the ballot is a proposal for ambulance operations, in which the department is asking for a one mill renewal of operating millage for a period of two years (2018-19).

It pays for ambulance/vehicle costs, EMS personnel wages, supplies in the ambulances, maintenance of the vehicles, fuel or any other items.

The millage expired in 2017. If approved, it could bring in about $60,729.09 in the first year. Melzner said the township is not seeking to increase the millages.

“We are not looking at any time in the future to raise that,” he said.

The ballot language for both of the millages is as follows:

Fire department operations 

Shall Norman Township, 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 Norman Township, Manistee County, Michigan, by an additional two (2) mills ($2.00 per $1000 of taxable valuation) and levy an additional two (2) mills ($2.00 per $1000 of taxable valuation) for a period of two (2) years (2018-2019, inclusive) for Township Fire Department operations and maintenance?

This is a renewal of the two (2) mills for Township Fire Department operations and maintenance for two (2) years which expired in 2017. If approved, it is estimated that the revenue generated by this proposal in the first year would be approximately $121,458.18.

Ambulance operations 

Shall Norman Township, 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 Norman Township, Manistee County, Michigan, by an additional one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1000 taxable valuation) and levy an additional one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1000 of taxable valuation) for a period of two (2) years (2018-2019, inclusive) for Township ambulance operations and maintenance?

This is a renewal request of the one (1) mill for ambulance operations and maintenance for two (2) years which expired in 2017. If approved, it is estimated that the revenue generated by this proposal in the first year would be approximately $60,729.09.

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Posted by Ashlyn Korienek

Ashlyn is the cops & courts and city reporter for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach her at (231) 398-3109 or akorienek@pioneergroup.com

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