Source: Sherman Publications

Letter to the Editor
Board for fire millage

June 27, 2012

Dear Editor,

On Aug. 7, the voters of Independence Township will decide whether to renew the millage for fire and advanced life support services so that these vital services can continue.

Fire Chief Steve Ronk and his staff have done a terrific job of managing the fire department and doing a critical analysis of our communityís needs to assure we can continue to provide the high level of service our community deserves.

As your elected representatives, we have aggressively cut costs over the last several years in the face of falling revenues and continuously reviewed the fire departmentís ongoing needs for essential operations and equipment. Recently we have hosted several public meetings to consider the impact of a variety of millage options.

Consequently we will also be requesting that voters support a relatively small increase to the fire millage in addition to renewal. We believe this modest increase is critical to continue fire department operations at a level sufficient to support our community.

We urge the voters of Independence Township to support both the renewed millage at 3.1688 and the increase millage of .59 mills on Aug. 7.

Signed

Trustee Larry Rosso

Clerk Barbara Pallotta

Treasurer Curt Carson

Trustee Mark Petterson

Trustee Dave Lohmeier

Trustee Neil E. Wallace

Independence Township Board