Are taxes too high? Depends upon whom you ask

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By Jalen Smith
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Delhi Township has been known to have a high tax rate, however with data and reasoning, taxes does not seem to be as high as what it’s perceived to be.

The next grouping is when you add all the millage levies for the School Districts, County, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area Library District, etc. These millages are beyond our control at the local level. These millages are decided by the County, School Boards or the controlling Authority.

“The grouping is when you add all the millage levies for the School Districts, County, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area Library District, etc. These millages are beyond our control at the local level. These millages are decided by the County, School Boards or the controlling Authority,” said Hope.

Compared to other townships, school districts and cities Delhi township appears to be lower than those of Lansing Township and even East Lansing, who is ranked number one.

That’s not how taxes make some Delhi-area residents feel, however. “The taxes are really high in the city and it’s got me thinking of making a change and move out of the city,” said Holt resident Lamar Nox.

“Taxes are a bit higher than other cities, but I will say that it’s not as bad as other cities. It could be worse is what I’m saying,” said Holt resident Brandon McClain.

Residents in Holt when stating that taxes are too high mostly refers to property tax.

“In my role as Township Treasurer, I hear people talk about property taxes because that is the only tax we collect,” said Roy Sweet, the treasurer.

According to Sweet, Delhi township only keeps 12 percent of the total property taxes collected from the average resident. The rest of the property taxes goes to other tax entities such as state education, county operating, Holt school debt, county voted mileage, Capital Regional Airport Authority, Capital Area Transportation Authority, Capital Area District Library, Ingham Intermediate School District and Lansing Community College.

According to Township Clerk Evan Hope, cities or townships can be divided into school districts; the people of Delhi pay different tax rates depending on their school district.

“This is where the idea of Delhi thought to have high tax rates because of Holt Schools,” said Hope.

With a high tax levy, Delhi Township could have some complications if residents decide to move.

“If people feel the taxes are too high in a municipality they may choose to live elsewhere thereby increasing the risk of foreclosures,” said Sweet.

However, if the residents are not happy with the levy they could potentially have a say in what they pay monthly in taxes.

“Large portions of the mileages levied are voter approved. So, the voters in the various communities are telling their leaders how much they are willing to pay for various services,” said Hope.

If citizens in Delhi are worried that the tax levy is too high, the only solution that officials see that could help would be to cut services from the city.

“Cutting services is always a option, it is important for citizens to determine what level of services they desire,” said Sweet.

“The only way to reduce taxes would be to cut the service provided by that revenue,” said Hope.

 

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