Chesterfield Township residents may be asked again to approve increased funding for the police department, but this time with a sunset provision.
“We know that a lot of people didn’t like the fact that the millage question proposal was for an unending millage increase,” Police Chief Bruce Smith said.
“When we do go back there definitely will be a sunset clause on it.”
It has not been determined when the matter may go back to voters or what specifically will be in the ballot language.
“The department’s funded for this year, but we’re going to have to sit down with the board and make some decisions...We haven’t done that yet,” Smith said.
The previous language called for an additional 2.5 mills to be collected in perpetuity to the existing 5 mills. Township officials and auditors called for more money for the force, saying decreased tax revenue ultimately led to a dwindling police fund.
The police tax was turned down by 52.3 percent of voters and favored by 47.7 percent, according to county election results and the Chesterfield Township Clerk's Office.
Township police raised about $15,000 to campaign for the millage during the election season, held town hall meetings and had a presence at precincts. Although department officials said voter rejection of the proposal could lead to as many as 17 layoffs, the chief said that will not immediately happen.
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