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Posted on Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 1:11 p.m.

Augusta Township voters to decide on law enforcement millage

By Julie Baker

After a police service millage renewal failed in 2010, Augusta Township is giving the effort another shot by asking voters to approve a tax to cover the cost of two deputies, the Milan News Leader reported.

The township currently is covered by one road deputy from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office who covers the entire county each shift, the report said.

Police coverage has been lacking since 2010, and voters have rejected millage renewal attempts several times since then, the News Leader said.

Language for the proposal is included below:

Shall the Charter Township of Augusta be authorized to levy and increase the limitations of the total amount of general ad valorem taxes which may be imposed in any one year upon real and tangible personal property in the Charter Township of Augusta, Washtenaw County, Michigan, as provided by Section 6 of Article IX of the Constitution of Michigan, 1965, from 0.0 to 1.7 mills ($1.70 per $1,000), for a period of four (4) years from 2012 through 2015 both inclusive for the purpose of providing revenue for law enforcement services? The first year of this levy will generate an estimated revenue of $326,635.

Read the full story from the Milan News Leader.



Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 9:34 p.m.

I still can't believe Agusta didn't approve the the millage in 2010. In just the last 2 weeks I heard someone from Agusta needing a police and there wasn't one available. In York we pay taxes for ours, I don't want to pay my taxes for Agusta, I don't live there. I think especially senior citizens should vote it in.

Captain Obvious

Wed, Oct 10, 2012 : 7:55 p.m.

Looks like an election year stunt by Pete 'the politician' Hafler and his cronies. Seems funny that the owner of a Security Firm is working with Mr. Hafler on this issue. Why all of a sudden does Ms. Adkins-Towler care so much? Is she seeking to be appointed to a Board seat by Mr. Hafler? Citizens of Augusta should realize that when police protection is needed, the Sheriff will respond from York or Ypsi Twp. A contract isn't needed except to levy more taxes. Is contracting for TWO deputies going to make everything that much more safe in Augusta? Don't fall for election year politics folks.

Mike King

Fri, Oct 19, 2012 : 6:32 p.m.

Sorry Captain, this is one topic the entire Augusta Township Board agrees on, we have placed mileages on the ballot in the past and they have failed. Recently resident Towler came forward and expressed her concern to the board. She canvassed neighborhoods and spoke to the law enforcement community about this issue. After attending several meetings she asked the board to put this issue to the voters again. You can look at the Township web site at and see the minutes of the meeting to know how the board voted. Ultimately we have a mileage on the ballot for the voters to decide on November 6th. Thanks Ms. Towler.