The next meeting of the township board will be to consider a new fire contract. The time will be announced here.
Message from the Trustee
After the recent news article referencing the negotiations between the township and the city relative to Fire Protection, I thought it expedient that the township position be clarified.
To the affected citizens of the unincorporated portions of the township, be assured that you WILL NOT be left without fire protection. Not only is it a statutory requirement that we,
(the township) provide fire protection, it is also a moral duty. Negotiations of the terms of the contract are now in the hands of our respective councils not as to whether but how we will provide these services.
In providing the protection, we will find the most effective, both cost and efficiency, means to provide this service using your tax dollars. This office will keep you informed as to the progress of these activities.
Trustee Robert A Lee
How Budget Planning Takes Place
State law requires the township to prepare a budget beginning with the ending of the first half of the fiscal year. Through a series of meetings described below
the budget is prepared with the participation of state entities and the local township board. The process includes:
- Analyzing spending for the current fiscal year through six months. (July 1)
- Based on that analysis, the needs for 2018 are assessed. (July)
- The county auditor certifies the New Assessed Value Estimates. (August 1)
- In a meeting with the Department of Local Government Finance, the tax levy is estimated to meet the needs for the coming year, based on estimated funds available in either savings or unspent funds from current year. (August)
- The budget and proposed tax-levy is presented to the Township Board at a special meeting.(August)
- Upon apporval by the Board, the proposed budget is published and a public hearing is set.(August 25 this year)
- At the public meeting for adoption the proposed budget will be finalized to be submitted to the County Council for Non-Binding Recommendations.(September or October)
- The Township Board adopts the Budget, Tax Rates, and Tax Levies. (September or October)
- The Budget is submitted to the Department of Local Government Finance. (November)
- The Budget is certified by the DLGF. (February)