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Paint Township lowering taxes in 2019

December 16, 2018

For the fourth straight year Paint Township officials plan to lower property taxes in the township.

The supervisors approved a tentative budget of $1,795,575 and a half mill decrease from 11.5 to 11 mills. The supervisors plan to approve the budget at a public meeting Dec. 18.

Chairman Lewis Clark II said that paying off the township building’s mortgage seven years in advance saved the township enough money to help with the tax decrease. The mortgage was about $340,000.

“We don’t want to spend people’s money,” he said. “They’ll spend their own money if you give them a chance.”

The 2019 budget includes incomes of $589,000 in real estate taxes and $780,000 in fund balance. The township has 38 road miles and a population of 3,100.

According to the budget, the township’s largest expenses next year will be $472,000 for general administration, $168,000 for winter road maintenance and $284,000 for highway reconstruction.

“It takes everyone at the township working as a unit in order to stay on budget,” Clark said. “We’re on a cash-and-carry basis.”

The supervisors also approved a balanced liquid fuels fund of $143,000 with $3,400 in fund balance.

Clark said the township doesn’t have any major projects next year, but the supervisors purchased a new truck for road work and snow plowing.

The $175,000 International will help bolster the township’s aging fleet, which includes a 2008 truck that will need replaced soon.

“Right now we’re holding onto the trucks we have and putting some money into them,” he said. “We’ll be happy when the new truck comes. When they break down, they’re not easy to fix right away.”

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