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Posted on: August 10, 2018

Police & Fire Special Assessment Information

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With regard to the Police & Fire Special Assessment District:


First and foremost, thank you Waterford citizens for your continued support of the essential services that Waterford’s public safety provides our residents and businesses.

The ballot proposal for Waterford to raise money by Special Assessment levies of up to 2.95 mills on all real property in the Township that is not exempt from property taxes for a period of 12 years to equip, maintain, and operate the Township Police and Fire Departments was successful by a majority vote on August 7, 2018.

Information regarding the Special Assessment is on the Waterford Township website at https://www.waterfordmi.gov/1030/Public-Safety-SAD-Information . That page will remain active through at least mid-February 2019. It includes a fact sheet, the resolutions passed by the Board of Trustees, ballot language, and a calculator to help taxpayers determine their individual cost for the assessment.


Next steps:


On August 27, 2018 during the regular public meeting that begins at 6:00 PM, the Township Board will hold a hearing on:

  • An estimate of and any objections to the costs and expenses to operate, maintain, and equip the Township Police and Fire Departments for the 2019 calendar/budget year, with that estimate to be on file with the Township Clerk’s office and available for public inspection on or before August 22, 2018.
  • On the question of and to hear objections to the creation of a Police and Fire Special Assessment District consisting of all real property in the Township that is not exempt from property taxes.
  • The amount of a special assessment to be levied on the December 2018 tax bills against real property in any Special Assessment District created, in an amount up to 2.95 mills, to defray the costs and expense of equipping, maintaining, and operating the Police & Fire Departments in the 2019 calendar/budget year.


After the August 27, 2018 hearing, the Township Board will decided whether to create a special assessment district, the boundaries of any district created, and the amount of any special assessment to be levied on the December 2018 tax bills.


An additional hearing will be held by the Township Board on Monday, September 24, 2018, during the regular meeting that begins at 6:00PM to hear objections to the Township’s proposed distribution of that levy for Police and Fire Department expenses in 2019.

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