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James Madison

Primary Election Notice for Tuesday, August 7!

On Tuesday, August 7, 2018, registered voters in Morton Township will cast ballots to decide on several items.  The Proposal Section of the ballot includes a millage proposal that is very important to Morton Township and its residents.

The proposal requests renewal of previous voted increases in millage of up to one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value) for ten (10) years 2018 through 2027 inclusive, for Morton Township Fire and Rescue Operations.


• A levy of .5 mill ($.50 per $1,000 of taxable value) for Fire and Rescue Operations was approved by voters in 2008. This rate was insufficient to cover total operating costs for a lengthy period and in 2014 voters approved an increase of up to one (1) mill ($1.00 per $1,000 of taxable value for four years expiring in 2017.

• The Township Board indicated their intent to only cover essential operating costs and over the past four years the actual rate charged has consistently been below the maximum allowed. The actual rate has been:  2014   .7260   2015   .6388     2016   .6500     2017   .7300

• The average Morton Township home qualified as a principal residence has a taxable value of about $68,300 and the homeowner is taxed $49.86 this year toward operations. The 2018-2019 budget has already been projected at a rate of .7000 resulting in an average tax of $47.81. 


• In January of this year, the Township Board of Trustees approved a proposal to create three part-time positions with daily coverage at the station on weekdays from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  This has been very successful as they are able to respond to more calls in a much faster time.

• Over the past 6 months response was provided to 315 calls compared to 206 in 2017 – a 53% increase.  Time from Dispatch (call received from 911) to Enroute (truck rolling) averaged 1:00 minutes for 208 EMS calls compared to 5:20 minutes for 189 calls in the same six months of 2017.

• The ability to respond this quickly greatly improves initial treatment for critical medical issues, thereby providing better care until county resources are able to respond.


Vote on August 7!