WHITE LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WXYZ) - By John Terry
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The township known as the "Four Seasons Playground" has to deal with some serious business in the primary election August 7.
From the halls of congress to the township hall, many of the elected offices are up for grabs. Voters must decide which candidates on the ballot will advance to the general election in November.
Political races may dominate the primary ballot, but there are also important millage issues that will decide the future of public safety.
The township is dotted with signs pleading with voters to renew or increase funding for the police and fire departments.
Like many communities, White Lake is dealing with the loss of tax revenue from property values that have declined.
Officials say two of the public safety millage issues are renewals of previously approved funding and do not represent a tax increase.
But there is also a request to increase funding for the fire department. The township is asking property taxpayers for an additional .5 mills to maintain the current level of fire protection. It would cost the owner of a home with a taxable value of $100,000 an additional $50 per year.
In a separate millage request, the township is asking for an additional .3 mills for parks and recreation funding.
There are 12 voting precincts in White Lake. For a link to find out where you should vote and to see a sample primary ballot CLICK HERE.
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