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Letter to the Editor


Township millages



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July 28, 2010 - Dear Editor,

We believe it is vital to Independence Township that the police millage and library millage be renewed.

Declining property values result in declining revenue, so for 2010, we found it necessaray to cut by 10 percent polic eservices provided by Oakland County Sheriff's Office. Without this tax increase, the township would have to cut staffing over the next four years dramatically, untimately leaving us with just over half the police we had in 2009. We firmly believe this is not acceptable.

We have scrutinized the use of police services. To provide a reasonable level of public safety, it is not enough to just renew the existing millage, an increase is also required.

Particularly in these difficult times, your township library is a vital resource. Despite declining tax revenues, we can continue to operate it with just a renewal because Library Director Julia Meredith and her staff consistently find ways to do more with less.

Please joining us in voting "yes" for the library millage renewal and police millages on Aug. 3.

Signed,

David Wagner, supervisor

Shelagh VanderVeen, clerk

Curt Carson, treasurer

David Lohmeier, trustee

Larry Rosso, trustee

Neil Wallace, trustee

Mark Petterson, trustee

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