Police Protection

Fort Gratiot Township has a contract with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office for police protection and law enforcement coverage. We currently have one deputy day and night and an additional deputy for 6 hours each day. Police protection is paid for through a voted millage, which was recently renewed. The election results and sample ballot are below.

Beginning in January, 2015, our deputies now begin and end their shifts out of the new municipal center. By adding the substation in the new center, we will on average gain 4 hours of patrol time every 24 hours, and may realize a substantial fuel savings by eliminating the drive from the Sheriff’s office on Michigan Road to Fort Gratiot.

Click here to view the 2015-2017 “Agreement for Law Enforcement Services between the St. Clair County Sheriff and the Charter Township of Fort Gratiot.”

11/03/2015 Election Results
Precinct 1-Keewahdin Elementary- 161 Yes / 74 No
Precinct 2-Fort Gratiot Middle School – 160 Yes / 98 No
Precinct 3-Township Hall – 211 Yes / 54 No
Precinct 4-Thomas Edison Elementary – 214 Yes / 113 No
Precinct 5-Pointe Community Center – 76 Yes / 24 No
Total: 822 Yes / 363 No

Total Registered Voters: 9,051
Total Votes: 1,185
Voter Turnout: 13.09%

The current voted millage of 1.5 mils expires on December 31, 2015. The ballot proposal is actually a renewal AND an increase. Each year the Board of Trustees will evaluate property values and set the rate accordingly at a regular public meeting, which will then be placed on the winter tax bill. There may be years that the full 2 mils are collected, and there may be years that we set the millage to less than 2.

Voting “YES” means that you support continuing to collect a voter approved millage to provide for police protection until December 31, 2019, AND that you agree to the millage rate being UP TO 2 mils. If the millage proposal passes, our coverage will remain the same and you will billed annually on the winter tax bill.

Voting “NO” means that you do not wish to continue the police protection as is currently provided, nor do you support collecting up to 2 mils to pay for the coverage.

Below is a sample of the ballot, a sample ballot you can download and print, and a link to the current contract we have with the St. Clair County Sheriffs Office through December 31, 2017.

1.5 Mils is $1.50 per $1,000 of taxable value.
2 Mils is $2.00 per $1,000 of taxable value.

As an example, Township Supervisor Jorja Baldwin’s home in the Old Farm Subdivision had a 2014 taxable value of $102,819 and paid $154.22 for police protection. Birchwood Mall (without the anchor stores) had a 2014 taxable value of $10,007,600 and paid $15,011.40 for police protection.

You can view your tax bills through our website by clicking the link “Fort Gratiot Property Search” under Quick Links on the left of this page to see what you have paid. If you know approximately your taxable value or would like to estimate your cost, divide your taxable value by 1,000 and then multiply by 1.5 or 2; whichever cost you are looking for.

Remember, your taxable value is not the true cash value or the amount you might list your home for. The assessed value is generally half of the true cash/market value and the taxable value is either equal to or less than the assessed value.

Sample Ballot Police 11-03-15

Drug Task Force Millage Info 08/02/2016

At our regular Board of Trustees meeting held on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, Sheriff Tim Donnellon delivered a presentation about the upcoming millage proposal for the Drug Task Force. It was a very informative presentation and we are thankful to the Sheriff for sharing the information, and to the DTF for all they do. Below is a link to the presentation documents.  The proposal will be on the August 2 ballot.

Click here to view/download the the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office DTF Millage Presentation

Click here to view/download the DTF Informational Pamphlet 2016