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Berrien county board to vote on millage next week

Published 8:21pm Thursday, December 1, 2011

ST. JOSEPH — The Berrien County Board of Commissioners will vote next week on whether to put a county-wide road millage before the voters.

The six-year 0.5 mill levy would generate $3.4 million a year to fund road maintenance projects in the county.

The commissioners are split on whether the millage is an appropriate way of funding roads, but most have expressed support of allowing the voters to decide.

Twenty-nine of the 39 municipalities in the county have approved resolutions in favor of putting the millage on the Nov. 2012 ballot.

Cass County will vote in February on a 1-mill road levy. Cass County Commissioners approved putting the item on the ballot earlier this month. The millage is expected to generate $1.8 million a year if passed.

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  •!/kbtonkin Kevin Tonkin

    Roads in the north end of the county have always been better maintained despite the population in the south county. Perhaps this may be due to the townships up north spending more of their own money but I somehow doubt the south would benefit proportionately of a county-wide millage. Ad Valorum taxes are also unfair method of collecting based on road usage. Urge your county commissioner to vote NO!

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