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City Council approves all mayor's re-appointments
By Dan DuChene
Jun. 16, 2010   ·   3:42 a.m.

Jone Coleman, president of downtown business LookInTheAttic, shares his thoughts with City Council about the discussion and procedure taken to pass mayoral re-appointments, which he was being considered for the Downtown Development Authority.

After much procedure, Ypsilanti City Council approved six mayoral re-appointments to city boards and committees Tuesday, including the two postponed from earlier...read more

Council postpones two reappointments
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   4:57 p.m.

Two of Ypsilanti's volunteer board members were not reappointed on schedule Tuesday night, owing to a 4-2 vote by City Council to delay the appointments until...read more

Downtown properties to be rehabilitated
By Mark Tower
Jun. 4, 2010   ·   10:40 a.m.

The three properties located at 120, 122 and 124 West Michigan Avenue in downtown Ypsilanti will soon be rebuilt into commercial and office space and loft apartments, thanks to a planned $1.7 million investment by developers.

Three recently-vacated properties in downtown Ypsilanti, two of them condemned, will soon be renovated owing to recent purchase by a local development company and...read more

Ypsilanti Township authorizes litigation against Liberty Square
By Mark Tower
May. 28, 2010   ·   6:53 p.m.

Many of the homes in the Liberty Square complex on Grove Street in Ypsilanti Township are already boarded and ready for foreclosure sale. All 151 units, some of which are still occupied, will be condemned Tuesday, Ypsilanti Township has resolved.

Residents living in the Liberty Square complex of townhouses will see a sticker appear on their homes Tuesday, when the Ypsilanti Township Building Department places...read more

Ford plant granted tax exemption by township
By Mark Tower
May. 24, 2010   ·   5:44 p.m.

Ford Motor Company's Rawsonville Plan, located at the intersection of Textile and Bridge Roads in Ypsilanti Township, will soon be the new home for production of Ford's Electric Focus batteries, formerly produced in Mexico.

New machines and equipment will soon be wheeled into Ford's Rawsonville Plant in Ypsilanti Township as it begins manufacturing a line of batteries for the new global...read more

Superior lowers millage rate for fire, law

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Decrease of .2 mills not expected to impact services

By Andrew Cipolla
Sep. 24, 2009    ·    11:01 a.m.


At Monday's Superior Township Board of Trustees meeting Supervisor William McFarlane said something separates the township from other areas in Metro Detroit - Superior is in good financial health.

“We are not hurting for money and we have good reserves on all the funds,” McFarlane said.

The board voted unanimously to lower the fire and law enforcement millage rates by .2 mills for the 2010 budget year. Additionally, as it did last year, the board did not vote to add a one percent tax administration fee to the General Fund.

“We've never passed a tax administration fee but most communities do,” McFarlane said at Monday evening’s meeting.

He added, some communities may have a lower millage but their boards chose to pass the fee, which does not require citizen approval.

McFarlane said the township’s police and fire services would not diminish due to the tax cuts. If it becomes necessary, the township can utilize its reserves to maintain the current level, but McFarlane does not believe it would be necessary.

“I think it's great that we can lower taxes, even if it's just a little bit,” said Township Clerk David Phillips.

The fire millage was lowered from 3 mills to 2.90 while the law enforcement millage has gone down from 2.25 to 2.15. The general fund rate remained the same at .8192. A millage is the amount of tax per $1,000 of approximately half its market value. For instance, a house with a market value of $100,000 in Superior Township would pay $107.50 a year for law enforcement.

McFarlane said the township is in good financial health because the municipality saved its money when times were good.

“When we built the new township hall we paid cash...we saved up a fair amount of money,” he said.

As an example, he also said, several employees are leaving the township and they will not be replaced saving cost in the general fund.

“Township residence have supported us in the past and we are trying to return that now,” McFarlane said. “We are in good shape and I see us continuing...the economy will turn around and we will be in even better shape.”

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