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By Cynthia Maloney, supervisor of Shields Township
To all Shields Township residents: We are considering and will set the township levy at our next meeting, on Dec. 12, where the trustees will consider funding for the coming year. I plan to ask to hold even or reduce our taxes a bit further in order to give whatever relief we can to people who are still recovering from the recession and who may be hit with tax increases from municipalities this year.
The reason we are able to do this is not because things cost less, or because we are cutting “fat” from our budget (there isn’t any) but because we have a healthy reserve, part of which we will be spending to cover our budgeted expenses for next year. I encourage interested people to come to the meeting, and next month, where we will discuss and approve the budget.
Taxpayer input is really important … not just one or two voices, but everyone. Government at the Township level is a place where you can make your voice heard, and have an influence. Please come on out.