LINCOLN TOWNSHIP — With residents going to the polls in early May to vote on Lincoln Township becoming self-zoned, many of them have questioned how much it would cost.
Some residents have said that township zoning could be self-supporting.
Others are afraid that zoning costs could drive the township into a deficit.
“Citizens are concerned about the Lincoln Township board creating a deficit budget,” said Arlene Schipinski, a resident who attended a recent Lincoln Township Board of Trustees meeting.
“When questioned if costs would be more, (Supervisor Melvin) Drake said adjustments would have to be made. That raised many red flags with the citizens about higher taxes and additional millages,” she added.
Drake told the Tribune he does not believe self-zoning “would be totally self supporting.” However, he doesn’t expect additional millages will be necessary to support zoning in Lincoln Township.
As of last fall, the township had spent more than $10,000 in legal fees in efforts to become self-zoned, rather than to continue to function under the county’s zoning authority.
A legal fund was established last summer, and funds have periodically been taken from the general fund to support the legal fund.
Revenue received at the county level for zoning permits in Lincoln Township averages between $200 and $400 a year, said Jeff Smith, Huron County building and zoning director.
That’s mostly for residential and agricultural structures.
Smith noted the township does not pay the county any zoning fees.
Meade Township, which is next to Lincoln, is also primarily agricultural, and it has no wind turbines.
That includes her salary of $2,400; the zoning administrator’s salary of $2,400; and the other six member’s salaries totaling $3,600.
Planners receive $75 per meeting, and printing supplies and costs total about $500.
For attendance at Michigan Township Association workshops, it costs $150 to $200 a person.
Collins said the Meade Township planners are among the lowest-paid in the county, and recently received a raise. They do not receive mileage.
State law mandates four meetings per year.
Meade Township planners have met eight to 10 times over the past year because the township is currently revising its wind ordinance, Collins said.
Last year, zoning income was $830, and most of it came from land divisions and site permits, she added.
Drake said that although conversations with Meade Township officials have shown that zoning would not be self-supporting, he hasn’t looked into exactly how much it will cost.
“We’re waiting to see how the vote turns out,” he said.
On May 2, Lincoln Township voters will be asked to approve the formation of a township planning commission, which would make Lincoln self-zoned. A “yes” vote supports self-zoning.
Lincoln Township zoning wont be self-supporting have 476 words, post on www.mysanantonio.com at 2017-04-21 11:10:18. This is cached page on USA Breaking News. If you want remove this page, please contact us.