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Public Safety Millage Renewal

Public Safety Millage Renewal

On August 2, voters in Ann Arbor Charter Township will have the opportunity to cast their vote on the requested renewal of the Public Safety millage. A “yes” vote will extend for another five years township taxes for fire and police services at the same level as they have been during the last ten years. Voters first approved the 3.98 millage request for public safety ten years ago, and it was renewed by voters in August 2011.

This millage pays for our contract with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Dept. for police protection, and it covers costs associated with the Ann Arbor Township Fire Dept. including the provision of emergency medical services.

This millage equals roughly 73% of the total taxes collected for township services. Should the Public Safety millage be renewed, it is estimated that the funds raised in the first year will total $2,013,000. All of these funds will go toward fire and police services; they can’t be used for any other purpose.

In addition to funds raised from this millage, Ann Arbor Charter Township uses rental revenue from wireless service providers for a cell tower located at Fire Station #2 for the purchase of fire trucks, and funding from various grants to support fire operations.