EDITOR: When reading the Iron County Allocated Millage proposal, it sound as if this is an increase in taxes However, it is not an increase, but a vote on how this tax is spread.
Iron County has 7.85 mills to distribute. The Allocation Board decides how that should be divided between the county, townships and Intermediate School District.
In 1996, townships were receiving 1.73 mills. At that time, the county was in dire need of more millage and asked the Allocation Board for some of the township's share. It was agreed that this would be a temporary division until the county was in a better financial shape. In 1997, townships were reduced to just one mill, taking a loss of almost three-quarters mill which amounts to several thousand dollars each year for the seven townships in Iron County.
Over the years, township officials have asked to have their millage reinstated as promised. In 2006, 10 years later and after much discussion at allocation meetings, townships received 1.15 which was still a long way from 1.73. Last year, 2011, townships received 1.20.
At this year's allocation meeting, the board decided to let the people vote on this issue of giving the townships an increase of .05 for a total of 1.25.
The matter is now placed on the ballot in the August Primary with the division being county 6.43 mills, townships 1.25 mills and the Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School .17 mills, giving townships .05 more than last year. For those that live in the cities, this will result in a slight decrease in their county taxes.
Most units of government are having financial difficulties and money is tight but why should the townships give up many thousands of dollars over the years. The increase to townships is small but it is at least going in the right direction.
Please help the townships out by voting yes on Allocated Millage Proposal. This is not an increase in taxes but just the division of the 7.85 mills.
Mansfield Township Treasurer