Leaders ask voters to OK police and fire millage in Mt. Morris Twp.

Voters in Mt. Morris Township will be asked to vote for a tax increase on May 7 to help their police and fire departments.

Township Police Chief Scott McKenna hosted a town hall meeting Tuesday night to explain how the increase would help the departments. The township currently has a millage that was renewed in 2009. It generated about $2.1 million, but revenue went down with property values over the past three years.

Voters will be asked to approve a 3 mill ($3.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) increase for police services and a 1.5 mill ($1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) increase for fire services.

Chief McKenna said his officers responded to more than 27,000 calls last year and made 3,000 traffic stops and that without a millage increase, they won't be able to provide the same level of service.

â??We're a busy township. It's not like we're a smaller area. It's pretty simple and I don't even have to make that point to people because they see the news, they see the bad stuff that happens. So it's trying to do the best we can to keep things down,â?? McKenna said. â??I understand that you have to do what's best for you and your family and your household and Iâ??m ok with that. But when you go, I want you to understand truly what this millage is about and why we're in the position that we're in,â?? he said.

There are two more town hall meetings before voters head to the polls on May 7. The first is Thursday, April 25 from 7-9 p.m. at Mt. Morris High School. The second is May 2 from 6-9 p.m. at the Mt. Morris Township Hall.