From the Board of Trustees: Park Township Airport Millage Fact Sheet
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Purpose of the Millage and key facts:
On the March 2020 ballot, Park Township voters will vote on a new tax of .185 mills to maintain and operate the Park Township Airport. Proceeds will be used for airport operation, maintenance, and runway / taxiway improvements. Funds will not be used for the AirPark Plan.
Regardless of the vote, either for or against the proposed millage, the Board of Trustees is on record that a significant portion of the acreage on this site will be dedicated for increased public use, including recreation and open space.
Cost to the Taxpayer:
The Average Assessed Value for a single family home in Park Township is $181,816, which is considered ½ of market value. Such a home would pay $33.63
• A home with an assessed value of 150,000 and a presumed market value of $300,000 would pay $27.75
• A home with an assessed value of 300,000 and a presumed market value of $600,000 would pay $55.50.
• This Board has previously voted and agreed that no matter what happens with the airport, the property will be used to the benefit of the public (i.e. recreation, open space, community center, etc.).
• There is a 10 acre triangle piece of property at the corner of 152 street and the end of the airport runway that was donated in the 1960 by the Holland Chamber of Commerce, currently the West Coast Chamber of Commerce. This donation came with a reverter clause that if the property was not used as a public airport, the land would revert back to the ownership of the chamber. The Township Board has requested that this reverter clause be amended to allow for public use rather than public airport. The chamber board is anticipated to hear this request in February. At this time, it is unknown what will become of this 10 acre parcel.
• The Board has previously voted and agreed to not use eminent domain to gain easements for tree cutting or trimming along the flight path. The Board has also previously voted and agreed to not spend any tax payer resources (with the exception of staff and attorney time) to cut or trim any trees in the flight approach.
What happens if the millage passes?
• If the millage passes, increase in recreation and public use of the airport will move forward and some type of AirPark concept will be considered. What that is, how much it would cost and where the funds would come from are yet to be determined.
• The airport would continue operating as it is today, with millage funding for operations, maintenance. New runway / taxiway improvements including lighting upgrades will be completed totaling approximately $1,400,000 over 10 years.
What happens if the millage fails?
• If the millage fails, the paved runway will be removed and fixed wing aircraft will not have the infrastructure to utilize the airport. The runway would be scheduled to be removed by October 1, 2020. Other aviation activities currently housed at the airport will continue, including the Civil Air Patrol, powered parachutes, drones and remote controlled planes. In general, aviation actives (non fixed-wing aircraft) that is appropriate for a recreational complex would and could continue. The Board would consider additional public use and recreational components for the remaining acreage.
• The Board would increase recreation and other public uses of the acreage. What that is, how much it would cost and where the funds would come from are yet to be determined.