Lansing Township residents frustrated with proposed police and fire exams
LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – One speaker at a time at today’s Lansing Town Council meeting.
Many people came to tell the board that they do not support the police and fire safety special assessment.
“The population should be given the opportunity to vote directly on this matter,” said a resident of Lansing parish.
This particular Lansing Township appraisal proposal would provide money for things like police patrol cars, more ambulances, computer hardware and software.
Costs that would be billed to residents based on the taxable value of their property. It would be added to their Winter Tax Act 2021.
But it’s a price that many say they don’t want to pay.
“On God’s green earth, it’s not so fair that we all have to pay for it,” said a resident of Lansing Congregation.
Rob Thompson is a firefighter in Lansing Township. He said this was not a good time.
“Hitting people hard right after the Covid as we’re all recovering from it,” Thompson said.
One of the main concerns of the respondents was the suggested duration of the evaluation of 10 years.
“It’s been an awfully long time. I mean, I might be ready for maybe five, three to five years, ”said a resident of Lansing Township.
Another concern was where the money was going
“It would be nice to have a few more ambulances and other items on this list. When it comes to staffing, the money really has to be used, ”said a fire fighter from the Lansing community.
A local resident actually supported the special assessment.
He said, “You get what you pay for and I believe it’s a need so I support it.”
At the end of the public hearing, the Lansing Township Warden said the concerns raised will be addressed.
The next public hearing will take place on October 27th, when residents will have another opportunity to express their opinion on this particular assessment.