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Police & E-Unit Emergency Medical Response Services 2018 Millage Renewal Proposition


Police & E-Unit Emergency Medical Response Services
2018 Millage Renewal Proposition

When is the election date for this proposition?

The millage renewal proposition will be placed before Township electors at the August 7, 2018 state primary election.

What is the millage renewal proposition?

This proposition is requested to renew and continue a property tax rate of up to 1 mill for a period of 4 years, beginning in the calendar year 2019 and ending December 31, 2022. The proposed renewal of 1 mill will provide funds to continue and expand contracted Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office police and E-unit emergency medical response services for the residents and businesses of Holland Charter Township.

What services are provided from this millage?

This millage currently provides Township funding for contracted personnel, vehicles and equipment for the following services, which enhance the county funded basic sheriff road patrol service. The Township cost to provide these contracted police and E-unit services for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 was $1,337,345.

Emergency medical response (E-unit), including 4 vehicles and 8 paramedics, has been historically funded on a 60% - 40% shared basis between Holland and Park Townships. This shared E-unit funding ratio will adjust to a 75% HT – 25% PT basis as of April 1, 2018 to reflect the more recent distribution of these services between Holland and Park Townships. In 2017, our contracted Sheriff’s E-unit deputies responded to 1,562 emergency calls and 4,789 non-emergency calls in Holland Township.

4 community policing deputies, providing ordinance enforcement, neighborhood crime prevention, traffic control, education programs and public assistance services.

1 traffic enforcement unit on a shared basis with Park Township.

Other law enforcement services, including traffic enforcement, criminal investigations, and increased summer season law enforcement support.

2 working supervisory sergeants (also shared with Park Township).

On average over the last four years, 94.6% of all emergency medical response (illness/injury) calls for service were handled by millage funded deputies as the primary responders.

When did Holland Township implement enhanced police & medical response services?

E-unit services were initiated in 1975 by an extra voted ½ mill as a means to supplement the basic sheriff road patrol service. During the 1980's, the extra voted millage was increased from the original ½ mill to 1 mill to accommodate the increasing calls for illness/injury service and to add proactive community policing services. The total of all calls for service responded by Ottawa County Sheriff deputies in Holland Township averaged 17,439 per year for the 4- year period 2014-2017.

What is the cost of this service to the typical homeowner in Holland Township?

Renewal of the extra voted millage for police and E-unit services at the requested rate of 1 mill would cost the owner of a home with a market value of $175,000 and a taxable value of $87,500 about $87.50 a year or $7.29 a month. In the past 4 years, the actual tax levy for these services has been in the range of 0.996 mill to 1.0 mill.

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