Marensico Township is working to finalize their next year’s budget
Written by Jesse Baroka on March 22, 2019
MARENSICO – Marensico Township is working to finalize their next year’s budget by the end of this month. Marensico Township Supervisor Richard Bouvette says the township’s 2018-2019 fiscal year budget took a considerable hit when the Michigan Department of Corrections closed Marenisco’s Ojibway Correctional Facility at the end of last year. Bouvette says their budget that runs from April 1, 2019 to March 31st 2020 will probably be okay, but is concerned about the following year’s fiscal budget, running from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021. New census figures in 2020 will register a dramatic change in population due to the loss of Ojibway’s prisoner count. Bouvette reported to his March newsletter that the fallout from the 2020 census “may be a disaster” because close to 1,000 prisoners once housed here no longer will be included in the township’s population. The last census from 2010 states that Marenisco has 1,727 residents. Marenisco Township will lose 8 to 10 percent of its total budget because the 2020 census population total may be fewer than 1,000 residents.