Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Dorr holds annual town meeting
After the Pledge of Allegiance at 7:00PM, Town Clerk Quinn Keefe called the meeting to order. The first order of business was to elect a Moderator, and Jerry Smith was selected.
The Road Funds expended about $80,000 more than revenues to end the fiscal year at $808,358.
The Permanent Hard Road Fund expended about $200,000 more than revenues, ending the fiscal year at $436,203.
Supervisor Bob Pierce informed the electors that the anticipated claims for the General Assistance Fund had not materialized.
Due diligence continues on the 747 South Eastwood Drive building under contract as the new township offices. Township officials will decide about April 21 whether to close on May 9. The building containing AutoTech and the stores to the north are believed at this time not to be part of the commercial condominium association for the property to become the township offices.
Road Commissioner Tom Thurman explained the salt brine process and pointed out the new equipment in the building where the Annual Meeting was held. In response to a question about the need for a truck washing bay, the concern of the County Health Department is with the improper drain for the wash area, not necessarily with what is being washed off the trucks in the winter. The wash bay (heated) is wanted for winter washing of the trucks.
Assessor Kelli Myers reported that there was a 5.62% drop in assessed valuations in Dorr Township in the last year. She strives for equal treatment and equal taxation under the law. Those who appeal their assessed valuations get lower assessments. Those who don't, don't. Seventy-seven (77%) of the appeals got reductions last year.
She said she has not seen a State multiplier for years. It is the County multiplier that might be increased, so that revenues remaining at current levels. This is why your taxes stay the same or go up, even though the assessed valuation of your property might go down.