Coming Soon to Waterloo Area
A New Tornado Siren !!!
Testing will take place the first Saturday of every month, at noon, lasting for 3 minutes.
Start date to be announced at a later time.
Waterloo Township Reviewing Police Department Millage Rates
On March 25,2013 Waterloo Township held a special board meeting to discuss police and operational millages. The Township currently levies .4261 mills for policeservices, and a combined .8464 mills to cover operational costs. The full police millage and .1020 of the operating millage expire in December 2014,necessitating action in a future election.
Following an extensive review of options it was determined the best course of action wouldbe to ask the Waterloo electorate to approve 1.5 mills for the express purpose of covering police services. An operational millage was not deemed necessary due to the board’s demonstrated ability to operate effectively utilizing onlythose funds obtained through revenue sharing with the State of Michigan.
This proposal would have a minimal impact upon the average taxpayer* in Waterloo Township. The current total millage levied is 1.275.At 1.5 mills the proposed police millage would, if approved, result in an average annual increase to the taxpayer of approximately $17.00, slightly less than $1.50 per month. This level of funding would allow the Township to employ two full time officers along with an administrative assistant to support their day-to-day activities.
Ultimately this proposal will provide increased transparency by ensuring funds areutilized for their stated purpose, while slightly simplifying tax bills.Taxation is a contentious enough topic without adding unneeded and unnecessaryredundancies to the process.
*These figures are based on Waterloo Township’s average taxable valuebeing $75,000. Individual propertytaxable value may be higher or lower and can be found on your tax bills, yearly assessment, or by contacting the township.