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Fire levies OK’d

Julie Angell • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

Grand Haven Township voters unofficially approved a property tax increase that will improve equipment and services for the township's fire and rescue department.

Fifty-two percent of Grand Haven Township voters gave the nod of approval for a 1.9-mill property tax increase, a lower number than what Fire Chief Tom Gerencer is used to seeing. Despite a lower approval rating, Gerencer is pleased with the results and said he looks forward to a better-functioning fire department.

“It’s passed and it’s good for eight years, and we’re pleased with that,” he said. “We provide a very high level of service for the $190.”

The owner of a home with $100,000 taxable value will see an annual $40 increase in property taxes, totaling $190 a year. The township has had a 1.5-mill levy since 1985 and Gerencer said the slightly higher 1.9 mills is much needed.

“These firefighters put their heart and soul into the department and community,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do to prove to people that voted ‘no’ that we’re going to spend their hard-earned money wisely.”

Gerencer said the close vote was attributed to confused voters who may have thought the levy would add together the 1.5 and 1.9 mills. That’s not the case.

Voters also gave the green light for a fire department millage renewal for Robinson Township. Robinson’s fire department millage will be renewed for 16 years to provide operating funds and equipment for the township fire department.

Crockery Township Fire Department’s levy was also approved with 372 “yes” votes and 146 “no” votes. This levy is for 1.5 mills for township fire protection services.

Read the complete story in today’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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