Millage to Wakefield Township approved!
Written by Jesse Baroka on October 2, 2019
WAKEFIELD – At last night’s Wakefield Township board of trustees meeting last night after a related public hearing that drew no comments, trustees voted to apply a 4.63 millage on township properties. The township portion of the millage is 3.0 mills, with the remaining 1.63 mills for the county. According to township supervisor John Cox, the 4.63 combined millage remains the same as the preceding millage, but only because local property assessor Melissa Prisbe applied a millage adjustment to compensate for what otherwise would have been a tax loss due to the state’s Headlee Amendment. The hearing specifically addressed “a proposed increase of .0845 mills in the operating tax millage to be levied in 2019.” Cox told the audience that the township was in the unusual position of seeing its total taxable value increase due to Northern Natural Gas Company now operating in the township. Meanwhile, the Headlee Amendment, according to the Michigan Municipal League, demands that local governments reduce their millage when annual growth on existing property exceeds the rate of inflation.