Fire millage renewal also likely on ballot


IMLAY TWP. — Ballot wording for a garbage collection special assessment has been approved by the township board and will appear on the August 2 primary election ballot.

Board members gave the okay to the ‘Proposition for Garbage and Rubbish Collection and Disposal Special Assessment’ drafted by their attorney Michael Gildner at their February meeting.

Voters will decide if they want to see $250 per year assessed to every residential dwelling in the township for a term of three years beginning December 2022 through December 2024. The funds will be used for “providing garbage and rubbish collection and disposal services,” the proposal reads.

Township officials believe that them contracting with one provider will mean less wear and tear on their roads from multiple garbage trucks.

Since the township opted to discontinue offering a recycling bin at the township hall in 2021, Supervisor Steve Hoeksema said they’ve heard from residents who would like to see some kind of recycling option offered again—something that could be possible through an assessment-funded service.

At their Feb. 16 meeting, the board also discussed placing a fire millage renewal on the August ballot as well but did not take formal action. Currently, Imlay Township levies 0.6 mills for fire protection. Voters last approved a five year millage in November 2017.

Ballot wording for local proposals like Imlay Township’s must be submitted to the Lapeer County Clerk’s office by May 10.

In other meeting matters:

•the board approved a salary resolution giving elected officials a three percent raise to reflect cost of living increases

•a public hearing for the township’s 2022-23 budget will be held at the board’s March 16 meeting. Clerk Carla Jepsen said copies of the proposed budget are available at the township hall.