Millage proposed to fund Police and Fire Departments in Meridian Township

Posted at 10:03 PM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-05 07:51:46-04

OKEMOS, Mich. (WSYM) - Meridian Township proposed a millage that will help fund their Fire and Police Departments.

They say it’s Fire and Police Departments are underfunded and need more staff and more resources.

Meridian treasurer, Julie Brixier, told me a millage increase is necessary to pay for it.

She said, "Dialing 911 and knowing that someone is going to come quickly is one of the most essential services that we can provide to our residents."

The proposal would raise property taxes around $60 a year for the owner of a $100,000 dollar home. Not everyone think that’s a price worth paying.

A Meridian Township resident says, "They are always asking for more money. But to take it out of our pockets. You know I think that’s a stretch."

Others in the community feel like the tax hike would benefit Meridian Township.

Resident, Elizabeth Lelli, says, "I like the idea of it going to the police officers and the firefighters because I don't think they get enough pay."

Brixie told me the money raised through the millage would only go to the Police and Fire Departments.