2013-10-31 / Front Page

Gaines voters narrowly approve millage

GAINES TWP. -- Voters narrowly approved a levy, Nov. 5, for 0.5 mills for police protection, by a vote of 547-546, for five years beginning in 2014.

The levy will mean property owners will pay 50 cents for every $1,000 of taxable property value. The township would be able to use the funds only for police.

The levy would cost the owner of a home with a taxable value of $50,000 about $25 annually, or 48 cents weekly, according to data compiled by a four-member Public Safety Advisory Council composed of residents Etter Deal, Sue Somers, Kevin Sywyk and Ken Washburn.

The average taxable value of properties in the township is $51,600, the advisory council reported.

There are about 3,600 properties in the township, said Treasurer Diane Hyrman.

The millage would generate about $83,090 in the first year.

That sum, combined with $51,900 from the general fund, $1,200 from the Village of Gaines and $500 from tickets and fines, would create a police account of $143,890, according to the citizens' report.

The total would pay for 104 hours of police coverage with a full-time chief and two part-time officers. That would include investigative, administrative and patrol time, the committee said in a report.

It is not known if anyone will challenge the close vote tally.

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