2018-02-07 / News

Commissioners get second tax request

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Another request to place a tax renewal on the ballot this year was expected to be considered by Sanilac County Commissioners on Feb. 6.

Commissioners received the first tax renewal proposal for the drug task force millage last month and were expected to approve it for the August Primary ballot at this week’s meeting.

The latest proposal is for the renewal of the 911 Emergency Services millage, also in the August election.

According to written information provided to commissioners, the two-tenths of a mill, first approved in 2010, would provide $307,000 per year for the 911 budget, and “ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the current microwave communication system, along with following the desired course of updating to a digital system.

“Emergency responders will continue to receive new equipment to keep up with the ever-changing technology. It should be noted that the Next Generation of 911 comes with many demands such as testing, video caption, enhanced GIS capabilities, etc. Millage funds will be used to meet these mandates.”

Commissioners are expected to receive requests to place three other county taxes on the ballot this year for renewal - SAVE Partnership, roads, and parks.

In other business this week, commissioners were expected to receive annual reports from the county clerk and the county planning commission.

Planning Commission Chairman Scott Franzel was scheduled to present a report detailing activities in 2017 and goals for 2018.

Goals for 2018 include continuing to review rezoning from townships and new or amended master plans.

Additional goals include: provide training on wind energy ordinances in March; provide a basic planning and zoning training workshop; invite planning representatives of communities within one quadrant of the county to each planning commission meeting, and invite representatives from adjacent counties to discuss planning and zoning issues in their areas;

Create a checklist outlining a process that could be used when assessing, planning, zoning and developing along municipal governmental boundaries; schedule a meeting with educators to discuss the status of post-secondary education within the county; fiber optic system training; and invite assessors of all counties within the state that have windmill, oil drilling and fracking experience to work on a standardized taxing system strategy.

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