FRUITLAND TWP. Ė Property owners on Murray Road have until the end of the business day March 18 to inform, by petition, if they are in favor or opposed to a special tax assessment to help fund improvements to the crumbling road.
The township board unanimously voted Feb. 19 to send the petitions to the owners of 173 parcels of land on Murray Road, a 1.36 mile paved, two-lane road from Scenic Drive to Dock Road (White River Channel). It will take at least 87 yes votes to approve the special assessment.
If the special assessment is approved by at least 51 percent of the property owners in the special assessment district, the repaving and drainage work on the road is expected to be completed this coming fall. If it isnít approved, the road work will not be performed and the township will use its funds to make improvements to Riley Thompson Road and Todd Road.
Also if the special assessment district levy is approved, property owners who object to being included in the district, can voice their objection at the March 18 township board meeting which will begin at 5 p.m.
In the township boardís action Feb. 19, the property owners in the Murray Road special assessment district would be assessed $651 for each parcel. That assessment is subject to a 10 percent increase or decrease depending on the final cost of the project. The special assessment will be levied for one year and be a part of the Winter Taxes.
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