To avoid the cost of a special election in 2013, Macomb Township’s board voted this week to place renewal of the police millage on the Nov. 6 ballot.
The 1.0601 millage is due to expire on April 6, 2014, but timing won’t allow it to be placed on the August or November ballots in the 2014 election cycle.
Macomb Township Clerk Michael Koehs said that unless the township wants to pay out of the general fund for a special election in 2013, placing the millage renewal on the upcoming November ballot would be the best option.
The township contracts its law enforcement services from the Macomb County Sheriff's Office for approximately $3.1 million a year and revenue from the annual millage covers the cost of that service.
Although the language for the millage question has not yet been drafted, Koehs said voters will not be asked to increase the millage, but merely renew it so it continues uninterrupted through Dec. 31, 2030.