By Graham Sturgeon, staff writer
The Durand City Council voted July 20 to put a .25 mill tax levy proposal on the Nov. 3 election ballot that would be used to subsidize public transportation. The tax levy, which would be assessed and collected for a period of three years beginning in 2016, would collect $0.25 per $1,000 of taxable property value for Durand residents, and the city expects the total amount raised to be $15,118.45 in the first year.
The Shiawassee Area Transportation Agency (SATA) would receive $11,459.73 of the funds raised, which is a small increase over past years. The fee will cover the city’s services for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1, 2015 and ends Sept. 30, 2016.
SATA also requested that the city pay $1,909.95 “no later than Aug. 1, 2015 to ensure uninterrupted service,” but the city will wait until after the results of the November election are known to make the payment, as they have done in the past.