LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Unreasonable property taxes?
I was shocked to receive a Notice of Assessment letter last Friday from Torch Lake Township Assessor Amy Jenema, stating that my property taxes were going up by $1235.00 this year – a whopping 27.3%! Outrageous and unacceptable, in my opinion. I immediately scanned the notice and found, among other things, that the difference in the property’s assessed value in 2020 and its assessed value in 2021 is just 6.25%. Then I spotted a sentence stating that the 2021 Inflation Rate Multiplier is 1.014. At that point, I resolved not to be taken advantage of.
As soon as my blood stopped boiling, I looked on the back page of the letter and found a link to the form I needed to file a protest. I encourage all property owners to carefully scrutinize your assessment letter and compare it to last year’s. If you feel it is unreasonable, go to www.michigan.gov/documents/l4035f_2658_7.pdf and fill out the form and send it in.
Some accountability is needed
The District Library Board and the Village of Elk Rapids are making the Traverse City Record Eagle News on a regular basis these days and not in a necessarily in complimentary manner to either the village or the library board. At issue appears to be the lease between the village and the library board, the Building Reconstruction Fund and the conduct of both parties.
Perhaps it is time to revisit the dedicated “permanent” millage, paid by the taxpayers of the Village of Elk Rapids, Elk Rapids Township and Milton Township, which the library receives each year. There is no vote on this millage, “ever.” It is permanent. Perhaps some responsibility could be garnered if a portion of the millage were brought to a vote periodically. Voters could express a vote of “confidence” or “no confidence” to the library board. It would cause the district library board to be accountable to the voters.
Salvatore Castronovo PhD
Celebrating Earth Day – April 22
Green Elk Rapids invites the community to join them in celebrating International Earth Day, April 22, over several days from Wednesday, April 21 - Sunday, April 25. This year’s international theme is “Restore Our Earth.”
Join citizens, businesses, and students to promote community, create local business activity, have some fun, showcase your creativity, and create more awareness of environmental issues.
A few ideas to jump-start your thinking:
• create a Trashformation (a creation made from recycled items, with an environmental message, clever or witty)
• host a Trashformation from the high school classes or show one in your store window, in your yard, on your porch
• display your earth-friendly store items for sale
• show practices you do for the sake of the planet
• offer an earth-friendly entree or vegetarian item in your restaurant; share the recipe
• identify a special restored or recycled feature of your building…the floor, the tiles, beams, the history
• draw an environmental cartoon for your window.
Plans include several stations on Saturday, April 24, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with activities and exhibits relating to environment topics. More details coming soon! Check greenelkrapids.org for updates.
Green Elk Rapids Committee
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