Yesterday, the voters of Lenawee County passed the ballot proposal to renew the separate tax limitation set in 1968. The renewal sets that maximum authorized rate for certain county, township and intermediate school district levies.
“I’m very pleased that the voters of Lenawee County have shown their support for our programs and services. I think folks in the county recognize that the State or Federal government isn’t going to come in and fix our problems. It is up to us to roll up our sleeves and get the job done ourselves,” stated County Administrator Martin Marshall.
Even though the passage of the proposal authorizes the County to levy up to 5.75 mills, the 2018 budget will utilize no more than 5.40 mills.
“We will continue to remain fiscally conservative,” states David Stimpson, Chair of the Lenawee County Board of Commissioners. “The Commission and the County Administration have done extensive work since the recession to contain costs, and that will not change going forward.”
The renewal of the separate tax limitation resets the authorized millage rates to what Lenawee County voters approved in 1968, restoring limits that have been eroded based on State legislation.
The renewal is set to expire in 2021, and Lenawee County anticipates putting it on the ballot again in 2020 during the next general election.