To the Taxpayers of Newaygo County:
This letter is to inform you of an upcoming millage request from the Newaygo County Sheriff Department. They want you to approve a millage increase of .5 mil on your property tax bill to fund their activities. This will bring in approximately $757,000 the first year, and will be a ten year assessment on all taxable properties. However, I am not in favor of the increase for an already rising tax value, for the following reasons:
I feel that until the questions above are answered and other means of financing are explored, the taxpayers do not deserve to be saddled with more tax debt.The sheriff department has the highest budget of all departments by a significant amount. I know that closed social media groups and others will probably label me as a cop hater and try to smear my reputation. I categorically deny that and am only concerned with our taxpayers getting the best service for the taxes they pay. All agencies need to remember that WE serve the taxpayers, not the other way around. Newaygo County has 48,000 residents with a taxable value of over 1.8 billion dollars of property. As more people move into our area, they are looking for housing and jobs. Why would a larger tax burden be allowed to possibly hinder economic progress and housing choices? I urge you vote NO on Thursday August 7. Thank you.
Newaygo City Council Member
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