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Payment Services Network (PSN) will take your credit card, debit card, check or savings account payment online. Fees are $1 for check or savings payment and 2.75% of your tax amount (plus 50 cents if that fee is under $100) for credit or debit cards.
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September 27th Marked for Township Picnic
At the July board meeting the board voted to hold a township picnic and ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playscape in the park. The day is September 27th to coincide with the Firefighters vs. Police baseball game. More information to follow.

Michigan Township Association Provides Nonpartisan Proposal 1 Analyses
The Michigan Townships Association (MTA)  promotes the interests of township government by fostering strong, vibrant communities; advocating legislation to meet 21st century challenges; developing knowledgeable township officials and enthusiastic supporters of township government; and encouraging ethical practices of elected officials who uphold the traditions and unique characteristics of township government and the values of the people of Michigan. In their on-line newsletter today they offer the following information on Proposal 1, the property tax issue.

Proposal 1 analyses
Two additional explanations of the MTA-supported Proposal 1 are now available to voters before the Aug. 5 primary election. The analyses were released this week by the House and the Senate Fiscal Agencies, both nonpartisan fiscal offices. The documents include background information, detailed explanation of the proposal (including the local community stabilization authority and reimbursement to local units) and the actual ballot language. These are in addition to the Citizens Research Council analysis released previously. If approved, this proposal would provide personal property tax (PPT) reform by phasing out the PPT on small businesses and manufacturers. At the same time, it also replaces lost PPT revenue to local communities that depend on it to provide local services, including full replacement for PPT revenue lost to fund law enforcement, fire departments and emergency medical services--all without raising taxes. Townships would see multiple benefits, including the creation of a stable, reliable funding system to replace PPT revenue that previously funded essential services, such as fire, police and ambulance, as well as priority revenue replacement for losses resulting from exempting small commercial personal property parcels, and eliminating earlier requirements that local governments absorb a percentage of their lost revenues. MTA is part of a coalition, Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities, that is urging a "yes" vote on Proposal 1 on Aug. 5.

Fire Department Ballot Proposition Public Hearing Set
The Armada Township Board is holding a public hearing August 7, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the township hall. The topic is the fire department's financial requirements and discussion on the best way to collect the needed funding. There will be information detailing the difference between a "SAD" - a special assessment district and a millage. For more information, contact the clerk during normal business hours.

No Meeting Video for July   
There was a problem with the technology and there is no video to post for July.

Credit Card Payments Accepted
You can now pay your Armada taxes online using MasterCard, VISA, Discover, American Express, check or savings. You can make a one-time payment, or you can choose to register which allows you to save your information for the next time. Treasurer Peg Smith selected Payment Services Network due to their high level of credit card security. PSN charges fees of $1 for a check or savings payment and 2.75% of your tax bill (+ .50 if its under $100) for credit or debit card payments. All previous methods of payment are still available;  walk-in at the township hall, pay by mail or at CSB Bank Armada branch during their regular business hours. For more information, contact Peg Smith.

Senior Center Summer Newsletter Posted
Jan Mueller, senior center director, posted the next three months' newsletter and it is chock full of trips and events. She has a summer BBQ scheduled for July 3rd, a downtown Armada scavenger hunt scheduled for August 22nd, Craft day on September 17 and a fall festival potluck on September 11 plus two trips a month through September. Check out the newsletter for RSVP deadlines and other details.

ISO Rating in Village Drops Two Points
Fire Chief Steve Jerzewski announced the ISO 2014  inspection for the Village of Armada resulted in an improved ISO rating of 4 from a previous rating of 6. This is important for residents to know because it impacts the cost of your homeowner insurance. The lower the rating, the lower the insurance risk, the lower the premiums. The attached report details what goes into the rating and is something you can pass along to your insurance carrier for reconsideration on your insurance premiums. A lower ISO rating can directly lead to a lower insurance cost.

New State Police Non-Emergency Number
Lt. Ken Dilg, a Michigan State Trooper, attended the September board meeting and introduced himself as the liaison officer for this area. He can be reached either toll free at 1.800.495.4677 or at the Oak Park post 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday at 248.594.5740. 
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