Cascade Residents to See Pathway Millage Renewal Proposition on November Ballot
Cascade Township, Michigan, Oct. 23, 2018 – On the Nov. 6 ballot, Cascade residents will have the opportunity to vote on a millage renewal for the pathway system in Cascade Charter Township.
The previous pathway millage, approved in 1998 at a rate of 0.40 mills, is set to expire this year. If approved, the millage renewal on the ballot would be at a reduced millage rate of 0.35 mills for 10 years, beginning in 2018.
The millage renewal would raise an estimated $535,500 in the first year of the levy.
“The millage renewal will provide continued funding for the construction and maintenance of the Cascade Township public pathway system,” said Township Manager Ben Swayze. “We have more than 17 miles of pathways in our community, which are used for walking, biking and running.
While initial results from a Township-wide survey have indicated that the pathway system is significantly valued by residents, we are looking to the voters to determine our next steps as they relate to our pathways.”
Placement of the millage renewal onto the ballot was recommended to the Township Board by the Citizens Pathway Committee, which was formed in 2017 with numerous Cascade citizens. The group conducted a survey of residents in the community, asking questions about value, safety, use and expansion of the current pathway system. The group compiled the results to make a recommendation to the Township Board. The survey results can be viewed here.
If approved by voters, millage funds will be used for:
Construction of new pathways: The citizen committee identified six sections of pathway to be built at a cost of approximately $3.9 million. If approved, the Township will bond for these projects and complete them within the first three years of the 10-year millage. A map of the proposed pathway extensions can be reviewed here.
Ongoing maintenance: Once the pathways are built, they require ongoing maintenance. This includes preservation and replacement for the asphalt, as well as repairs to items such as retaining walls and boardwalks. The millage allows for approximately $125,000 per year in equipment, maintenance and repair work.
Staffing: The maintenance of the pathway system is labor intensive, including mowing along the pathways, trimming trees and plowing snow. The millage covers the entire cost of one full-time employee, at approximately $55,000 per year.
For residents interested in determining how much it will cost them, should this millage be approved, see the FAQ document here: cascadetwp.com/Community/What-s-Happening/Pathway-Millage-Renewal- Proposition.aspx.
About Cascade Township
Home to more than 18,000 residents, Cascade Township is committed to serving the public by providing the finest community services possible with respect, efficiency and integrity. With the Thornapple River at its heart, Cascade Township is recognized as an excellent place to live, work, play and raise a family. For more information, visit http://www.cascadetwp.com/.