Sewer lift station work to take biggest bite out of SLT budget

The Spring Lake Township Board on Monday night unanimously approved a 2011-12 budget that maintains services and the current millage rate. The document includes $167,000 set aside for future capital purchases, $90,000 for subdivision road improvements and $2.4 million for sewer lift station rebuilding. The 0.965-mill rate will remain steady, according to Township Manager Gordon Gallagher, despite major sewer improvements.
Marie Havenga
Mar 29, 2011

 

Township Supervisor John Nash said the sewer project will be aided by grants and a low-interest loan, saving the township about $600,000. The sewer lift stations, constructed in the mid-1970s with 75 percent paid by federal funds, are past their life expectancy, according to Nash and Township Trustee Bob Shay.

“They’re 20 to 25 percent over their expectancy,” Shay said. “We continue to go after grants for our sewer system, parks and fire department.”

The new township budget anticipates a 3-percent reduction in property tax revenues due to falling values, and includes $142,000 for the North Bank Trail project.

“We continue to maintain our services with a commitment to being fiscally prudent,” Gallagher said.

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