SJC Commissioners favor park millage

2017-12-06

CENTREVILLE – The St. Joseph County Commission narrowly passed a new millage for county parks during their Tuesday meeting.

By a 3-2 vote, the Commission approved a resolution asking for .25 mills for a four year period.

Commissioner Dan Czajkowski said $1.4 million from the Delinquent Tax Fund was used to help do improvements to the County's Parks since the General Fund could no longer support all County Departments.

Czajkowski says this millage will also be used to help out with the County's General Fund, which has not changed since 1973 when it was established at 4.76 mills.

Czajkowski says he and Commissioner Dennis Allen met with Finance Director Ryan Post to get a better understanding of this situation.

The parks millage would reduce the overall deficit to the General Fund and reimburse the General Fund approximately $50,000 in 2019.

Czajkowski says by approving the the parks millage along with other cost saving measures that Post has proposed, the County will be able to right their ship and get back to operating in the black in just a few years.

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