To the Journal editor:
On Tuesday voters in the city of Negaunee are being asked to speak out on an equipment millage ballot request. The city is seeking to generate revenue to help replace or extend the life of equipment which city workers use as part of daily responsibilities in the community.
The objective of this millage is to purchase or extend the life of equipment and move the city toward fiscal sustainability. It is vital that equipment be dependable and cost effective.
However when the equipment begins to age it can be cost prohibitive to repair or rent from a near by municipality. The public works department uses equipment like sanders and plows to keep the roads safe for winter travel.
The police department uses patrol vehicles to serve and protect the community and to respond to calls for service. The fire department utilizes Fire Trucks to respond to fires.
With the continues loss of revenue sharing and a shrinking tax base the city feels compelled to ask the taxpayers for this funding. Without this funding will be possible that citizens of Negaunee should not expect to continue to receive high quality public services with outdated equipment.
The revenue generated from this ballot measure could be allocated to help purchase new or extend the life of equipment only. Examples of possible purchases include a new sander for public works, patrol cars for the police department and refurbishing of a fire truck for the fire department.
This ballot request is imperative so I ask the voters to please take the time to vote on this measure as your vote is your voice.
Diana Menhennick, member
Negaunee City Council