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 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.