2018-10-21 / News

Montrose Township Fire Department renewals on ballot

MONTROSE TWP. – Montrose Township has two fire department renewal proposals on the Tuesday, Nov. 6 ballot. One is for purchasing fire equipment and the other for operating funds.

The Fire Equipment Millage Proposal asks if Montrose Township voters would approve the renewal of extra voted millage on real and personal property for the purpose of purchasing fire equipment. The existing extra millage is set to expire at the end of this year. The renewal request is for $0.2494 per $1,000 of taxable property value; which had been reduced to $0.2471 by state required millage rollbacks.

Montrose Township Superintendent Mark Emmendorfer explained these funds help ensure the firefighters have the right equipment. He said the federal government has mandated that they update their air packs. Emmendorfer said they are working with the Flushing Fire Department on an effort to get some grants, but the equipment is very expensive. Montrose Township will need $170,000 worth of equipment for the firefighters. The turnout gear, worn by firefighters to keep them safe, costs approximately $6,000 each.

If approved, the millage levy would run up to six years, from 2019 through 2024, raising an estimated $32,590 in the first year for fire equipment purchases for the Montrose Township Fire Department.

The Fire Operating Millage Proposal asks Montrose Township voters if they would support a renewal of previously approved extra millage that will also expire at the end of this year. The fire operating millage request is for 0.4747 mills ($0.4747 per $1,000 of taxable value), which has been reduced to 0.4670 mills ($0.4670 per $1,000 of taxable value) by the state’s required millage rollbacks. If approved, it would raise an estimated $61,592.59 in the first year for the operation of the Montrose Township Fire Department.

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