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Increased fire protection mileage on ballot for Fairhaven Township.

There are two mileage renewals and one mileage increase on the August 2, 2022 ballot for Fairhaven Township.

The renewals relate to funding for police protection and fire protection and would both be set at four years from 2023 to 2026. The police protection mileage, if passed, would be renewed at 2 .0 mills ($2.00 per $1,000 of assessed value) and would increase an estimated sum of $87,1689.98 in the first year. The fire protection mileage would be set at 1 mil ($1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value) and would increase an estimated $65,377.49 for the first year upon renewal.

The township is also asking voters to choose whether or not to increase fire protection for the next four years, from 2023 to 2026. The increase would be an additional 0.5 mill ($0.50 per $1,000 of assessed value) and would add an additional $21,792.50.

Brandon Swartzendruber, the township supervisor, was able to explain what the increase would be used for.

“The increase would cover the costs of updating certain equipment, training, state software for reporting and overall operating costs,” Swartzendruber said. “Renewals take place every four years. We are very fortunate to have a great community that continues to support our first responders. No one ever likes to call them, but they are a relief to see when we need them.

If the increase does not pass, they will operate within the currently established budget and prioritize fire service training.

The primary election is August 2, 2022 and Fairhaven Township residents can vote at the Fairhaven Township Clerk’s Office located at 9811 Main Street Bay Port, Michigan 48720. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. . absentee ballots must be mailed to be received by the Clerk by mail no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022, or completed in person at the Clerk’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. on Monday, July 1 August 2022.