Voters to decide on new levies

HOWLAND -- Township voters will decide on levies for police and fire operations in May that would be replacement levies for tax issues now in place at the same millage, 4.5 mills for police and 5.5 mills for fire.
The police levy would generate nearly $1.96 million and the fire levy could net $2.4 million.
"We are not asking for any additional millage, and we are not asking for more than we need," township Administrator Darlene M. St. George said.
Replacing these levies, however, will allow tax collections based on current property values, not 1987 dollars.
"It's just to bring the tax levies up to today's dollar values," she said, noting that actual millage reduces as valuations increase.
Also, the township has taken some recent hits as industries such as WCI Steel and Delphi Packard have reduced their amounts of tangible personal property tax, she noted.
She commended the department heads for staying within their budgets, but noted that Howland's services have to keep up with its continuing residential and commercial growth.

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