Lake Twp. trying for police levy PDF Print E-mail
Written by DEBBIE ROGERS Sentinel Staff Writer   
Friday, 02 November 2012 10:34
MILLBURY - A 1.4-mill levy for police operations in Lake Township will replace a 31-year-old tax, if approved on Tuesday.
Chief Mark Hummer said the replacement levy on next week's ballot is needed to boost manpower for the police department.
If passed, it will generate $220,371 a year. The current 1.4-mill levy, which has been on the books since 1980, is collecting $102,943, Hummer said.
"Over time, this has diminished to a collection of a .4 mill levy," he said.
The township has not replaced two officers who recently retired and one who left on disability, Hummer said.
"Right now we're managing to work within our budget. But we're down three officers," the chief said. "We're starting to get a little thin out on the road."
The township police department has 13 full-time officers, seven part-time officers and a $1.4-million annual budget.
Hummer is reluctant to discuss what would happen if Tuesday's levy fails, but he said he would have to look at operations.
"I don't want to get into that mode, but we really need to fill a shift on midnights. We're really running low there, so I would have to do some redirecting of personnel," he said, adding that could be a detective or the school resource officer.
The last police levy passed was a 2.9-mill continuing in 2007. It raises $500,000 annually and costs the owner of a $100,000 home $89 a year.
Before that, the township hadn't had any new police money since 1989. In November 2002 two old levies were replaced with a 4-mill continuing levy.
The trustees also tried a 3.75-mill continuing levy in May 2002, which would have generated $573,000 at the time. It failed by 65 percent.

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