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Plymouth Township Firefighters Urge 'No' Vote

Firefighters say millage question not what was proposed in petition.

In an advertisement issued today, the Plymouth Township firefighters have come out against a ballot question that would pose a millage question to maintain existing fire and EMS services in the township.

In the ad, the firefighters say the ballot question is not what was sought when the Citizens Action Group gathered petition signatures over the summer.

"The referendum on Tuesday’s ballot for a millage increase to help maintain Plymouth’s fire and emergency medical service is not the one proposed by the firefighters and the Citizen Action Group that supports our commitment to protecting our neighbors," the ad reads.

The Citizens Action Group's petition sought a one-mill increase for five years to fund firefighter-provided EMS and preserve current full-time personnel in the wake of the the City of Plymouth leaving its fire agreement with the township to join with Northville. The departure leaves the township with less area to cover and a nearly $1 million shortfall for its department. Township trustees budgeted a 23 percent cut this year for the department. As posed on the ballot, a millage of up to 10 mills could be assessed indefinitely in the township.

"Worse yet, the current tax proposal on Tuesday’s ballot is open-ended, instead of being limited to five years, as the Citizen’s Referendum proposed," the ad reads.

The millage question hasn't found much support in the community, as players on both sides have publicly opposed the proposed millage, at least how it it is worded on the ballot. Township officials, the Citizens Action Group and firefighters have all urged residents to vote "no."

Alexander February 26, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Only 2 personnel at each station? That's totally unacceptable, what are 2 people on a fire engine going to do at a structure fire, or even a vehicle fire for that matter? Not to mention that you only have six, maybe seven total on duty all the time. These staffing levels need to be bumped up, I don't care what others say.
PeteKautentayle February 27, 2012 at 10:57 AM
Right on, Alexander. I heard there were some 40 people at the Kilwin's fire. That's what they need in PT, the same thing we have in the City. Congratulations to Mayor Dwyer. PT needs the to join us here in Plymouth City.
R. Abraham February 27, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Not sure the 1st amendment was intended to hide cowards behind false names. Guess that's just the norm now aye Pete?
R. Abraham February 27, 2012 at 01:57 PM
That goes for both sides if you know what I mean? AKA, people who seem to know much about the fire side and Twp side.
D. Fabbri February 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
I looked at yesterdays ballot and couldn't believe what I was reading, a 10 mil increase, for what? I think I broke the pen marking no and I'm telling you what, I will now vote no in November as well because of this huge game being played by both sides. Smoking mirrors, man behind the curtain, all of it. Shame on both sides for clouding this issue to such a point I cannot support any of it. Bring on Paid On Call and privitize all else. Wow, 10 mils, really!!!???

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