Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Genoa Township tax measure going to the ballot November 2013

This is now official. We'll be having a millage election this November in Genoa Township. 

From the Argus

Genoa Township voters will be asked to approve a 1.5-mill, 15-year tax levy to improve local Livingston County roads on the Nov. 5 ballot.
The township Board of Trustees on Monday approved the proposal’s ballot language, leaving it to voters whether to tax themselves more for roads intended to be fixed with revenue from gas taxes and vehicle-registration fees.
If approved on the November ballot, the owner of a home in Genoa with a market value of $200,000 would pay $150 annually to repair roads that would otherwise be funded with Livingston county Road Commission dollars. One mill is equal to $1 for every $1,000 of a property’s taxable value, which is roughly half of a home’s market value.
The proposal, projected to cover $23 million in local county road improvements, was met with resistance at the board table and from the audience Monday.
Board Trustees Jim Mortensen and Jean Ledford voted against putting the millage question to voters.

And this is what will be covered.

Proposed projects were based in large part on traffic volume and crash statistics at each location, Township Manager Michael Archinal said. Archinal said projects on Crooked Lake, Beck and Latson roads also would help absorb expected traffic spikes from the new Interstate 96 interchange at Latson Road.
Genoa’s plan would fund roadwork in the 2014-2016 road construction seasons, and include paving and reconstruction.
The 2014 construction schedule would include work on Crooked Lake and Latson roads, including a traffic signal at Latson Road and Hampton Ridge Boulevard.
The following year’s efforts would tackle Beck Road and the intersection of Challis and Conrad roads, and include a roundabout at Challis and Bauer roads near the Mt. Brighton ski resort.
The final year of construction would include road repairs and paving on Herbst, Bauer and Hughes roads and the intersection of Cunningham Lake and Bauer roads.

I'll give credit to the trustees for mentioning up front what the plan is on the road tax, but I can tell you right now that paving southern Bauer is a waste of time and money and isn't needed. There's two houses there on that part of Bauer. It's a rural country road. Pine Creek already has paved access on their part of Bauer that is paved through a northwestern entrance (as well as paved access to Brighton Lake and Brighton Rds which are paved) and the folks on Cunningham Lake don't want their road paved. Believe it or not, some people like gravel roads.

Election is November 5th. 

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