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Letter to the editor


Parks millage for Springfield Township



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July 14, 2010 - Dear Editor,

When Springfield Township voters go to the polls for the Aug. 3 Primary Election, they will decide a proposal concerning dedicated funding for Springfield Township Parks.

Springfield Parks currently receives the bulk of it's funding from the Springfield Township General Fund. General Fund revenues come from two main sources, Property Taxes and State Shared Revenue. Over the last several years, State Shared Revenue has been reduced about 30 percent.

With declining property values due to economic conditions, property tax revenues have declined, and are expected to continue to decline significantly over the next two years. Substantial changes in township operations have been made to reduce budgets, with even more required as our 2011 Budget Process continues.

As the Township Board allocates these sinking revenues, all departments will have to tighten their belts again! With approval of this millage proposal, Springfield Parks would have dedicated funding to continue operations and programs, funding that cannot be moved to other department budgets for their operation.

Springfield Township Fire, Police, and Library are currently funded with dedicated millages.

Millage elections in times like these make for difficult decisions. For more detailed information about this proposal, please visit www.FriendsofSTPR.com or contact the Springfield Township offices, www.springfield-twp.us and elected officials. Take the time to understand the parks millage proposal and please remember to vote on Aug. 3.

Denny Vallad

Trustee, Springfield Township

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