Frequently Asked Questions about the Public Safety Millage
Why is there a special election being held for the Public Safety millage this year?
Pittsfield Township has two 10-year millages – one for Parks and a second one for Public Safety; the only other tax the Township levies is for the General Fund, which has remained untouched for close to 15 years. Every time either the Park or Public Safety millage is set to expire, the Township puts the vote on the ballot for the first election of that year (in this case May) to allow for a second/third election cycle later in the year (August/November) before the millage expires in December. This is done to ensure that if the first/second millage vote is not approved by the residents, there is time to go back for another vote to provide for a continued revenue source as of December of that year. The last Public Safety Millage election was held in May 2011 and Park Millage in March 2016.
How much more will I have to pay in taxes if the 3.95 Public Safety millage is approved?
Since many of you are confused/unsure based on the median home value, you can use this rough calculation method: An increase of about $2 for every $1,000 of your property’s taxable value.
NOTE: Your taxable value is half of your home value.
If your property is valued at $140,000, it’s taxable value is = $70,000
You will pay $2x70 (70,000/1,000) = $140 more a year or about $12/month
If your property is valued at $240,000, it’s taxable value is = $120,000
You will pay $2x120 (120,000/1,000) = $240 more a year or $20/month
If your property is valued at $340,000, it’s taxable value is = $170,000
You will pay $2x170 (170,000/1,000) = $340 more a year or about $28/month
Why do you need to increase the Public Safety millage rate when there is so much development occurring in Pittsfield Township?
Why do you need to increase the millage by so much?
Why haven’t you shared more information about the millage election?
- The current Public Safety millage is set to expire in December 2021
- As per protocol, the request to place the issue on the ballot was discussed with the Board of Trustees in January 2021 and ballot language was approved by the Board in February 2021
- The Supervisor’s Community Letter informed of the upcoming millage vote on March 1, 2021
- A press release was issued on March 15, 2021
- A postcard with millage information was compiled and mailed to every Township resident a few days later on March 20, 2021
- The schedule for the bi-annual Pittsfield Post newsletter (also mailed to every Township resident) was pushed up from May to April to provide the public detailed information about the millage by compiling and finalizing it on March 26, 2021 (it has to go through an three-week printing and distribution process; it is available online: www.pittsfield-mi.gov/post
- In addition, as always, full information is available for public consumption on the Township website either directly from the homepage or via the Public Safety page at the following locations: