This Morning: Meridian Township meeting to discuss long-term funding for roads

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Officials in Meridian Township are inviting homeowners to attend a special meeting tonight.

They hope to discuss options for long-term funding when it comes to repaving streets and want to hear from you.

During the meeting Township officials will discuss options including adding a millage renewal increase or bond proposal to the August ballot.

Also looking into special assessments where the township only charges people for the roads in front of their homes.

The current street millage is 0.2484 mills which generates approximately $420,000 per year

Right now, those with a $300,000 market value home pay approx. $36 a year toward the roads.

In 2018, approximately $416,000 was generated by the street millage and $172,500 was provided by the Ingham County Road Department (ICRD).

Officials we spoke with say that’s just not going to cut it.

To give an example in 2018, out of 147 miles of local streets, only 3 miles were able to be repaved which is why the Township says tonight’s meeting is an important one.

“We want to hear from our residents. They’re our stakeholders. They’re the ones driving on the roads. What do they think of the options that we have. Do they think special assessments or bonding or do they think we ought to stay with just a quarter of a mill. Because remember that homeowner is only paying 36 dollars a year. at this rate, we’ll get to every neighborhood every 42 years,” says Frank Walsh, Township Manager.

The current millage of .2484 mills expires in December 2023.

Tonight’s meeting will take place in the Meridian Town Hall Room at 6PM. 

The public is welcome to attend.

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