Lincoln Twp. trustees send millage renewals to ballot

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Lincoln Township voters will have a lot to consider come Aug. 2.

That’s because the township’s trustees are hoping residents will renew two millages in the election the first Tuesday in August.

Trustees set a 1.5-mill renewal request to cover police operations. Taxpayers would pay $1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value over the next eight years if it passes.

“To be honest, without this we would have no police department,” said Clerk Stacy Loar-Porter during Tuesday’s board meeting. “It has been in existence for decades. We always renew it for eight years.”

The board approved a resolution to send a 0.25-mill renewal for road maintenance and repair to the Aug. 2 ballot.

The six-year levy would cost residents 25 cents per $1,000 of taxable value. Supervisor Dick Stauffer said this millage has raised $160,000 each year.

“I’m hopeful that residents will support the millage in August,” Stauffer said. “We (cycle) our roads every nine years. …Those of you who live in subdivisions should be pleased by the way we maintain our roads.”

A set budget

The township’s 2016-17 budget was approved after the board had a public hearing for residents to discuss it.

The budget was approved with five board members in favor of it. Trustee Kevin Gillette was not present. Trustee Rick Stone voted against the budget because he said it was not in the township’s interest to pay for the salary of a full-time fire chief.

The board set a public hearing for April 12 at the Lincoln Township Hall to consider a request to amend the zoning map to rezone 19 acres at 532 Maiden Lane that will be turned into condominiums.

If the board approves, the land will be rezoned from neighborhood residential district to planned unit development.

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 16, 2016)

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