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The Michigan Constitution and state laws require that counties perform certain functions. These are often referred to as mandated functions. Other services have evolved over time in Lenawee County because they met the needs of our citizens. Some of these services are:
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As provided in MCL 211.205c, by petition from the tax allocation board, shall the separate tax limitations be renewed and established for a period of five (5) years, 2021 through 2025, inclusive, or until altered by the voters of the County, for the County of Lenawee, the Townships therein, and for the Lenawee Intermediate School District, the aggregate of which shall not exceed 7.05 mills, as follows:
MillsCounty of Lenawee 5.75Townships 1.00Lenawee Intermediate School District 0.30Total 7.05
To fund 9-1-1 operations and pursuant to the Michigan Emergency Telephone Service Enabling Act and the Michigan Telecommunications Act, shall the County of Lenawee be authorized, beginning July 1, 2021 and continuing through June 30, 2025, to assess a monthly surcharge of up to 16%, (with all operational surcharges not to exceed $3.00 per month) of the lesser of $20.00 or the highest monthly flat rate for basic single-party telephone service within the geographic boundaries of Lenawee County, with the revenue thus generated to be distributed exclusively for the financing of equipment, facilities and all other operational costs of the Lenawee County 911 Emergency Telephone Answering and Dispatch System?
Shall the previously voted increase of .5 mills and .25 mills for a total of .75 mills in the limitation upon the total amount of general ad valorem taxes with Lenawee County imposed under Article IX, Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution be restored by renewal of .732 mills and an increase of .018 mills (.75 per $1,000 of taxable value) for the period of 2020 through 2025 inclusive, for operation of the Lenawee County Department on Aging, and shall the county levy such millage upon taxable real and personal property within the County for said purpose, thereby raising the first year, an estimated $2,732,657 and costing the owner of a home with a market value of $100,000 no more than $38 per year?
The millages and the surcharge in these proposals are already in place. These renewals allow continued funding for critical service in the county. This is not an increase in the authorised rate.
If the renewals pass Lenawee County will be able to continue services that the residents of Lenawee County expect. At the same time, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners will continue to be good stewards of taxpayer dollars. It is not expected that the maximum levy rate will be applied any time soon. The determination of the millage rate in any given year will be subject to the requirements of the Uniform Budgeting Act which requires the Board of Commissioners to hold a public hearing on the budget including the millage rate.
The table below lists most of the mandated and non-mandated services. There are also county departments that exist in support of both mandated and non-mandated functions such as the Maintenance Department, Information Technology and Administration.
While there was only on issue up for renewal this year, the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners determined it would be desirable to place all three on the General Election ballot for 2020. Presidential elections historically have higher turnout so a larger number of county voters have a voice in these issues that have an effect on their safety and services.
No, this will not increase your taxes. We have found it to be confusing to the public to have these separate millages on the same issue up for renewal at different times. The decision was made to combine both millage renewals into one renewal for ease of the electorate.
When the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners approved the funding of the 911 radio project in 2017, it was determined the funding of this project would be finance over a ten year period. There are still six years to go to pay off this project. Additionally, there are maintenance and operational costs associated with our 911 system that are funded by the 911 surcharge. This provides our citizens with clear communications in an emergency, which makes for a safer Lenawee County.