Constantine Village Council members this week discussed benefits of a special assessment to assist funding the village’s fire department and possibly its police department, too.
Council members unanimously decided to seek voter approval and put the special-assessment request on the ballot in November.
Village manager Mark Honeysett said a special assessment has to specifically state what the tax is to be used for, with the exact amounts. One benefit is, if the budget goes up or down, the millage requested in a special assessment goes up or down accordingly, without voter approval.
Honeysett said the council is mainly interested in financing the fire department. Its members have been discussing the potential relocation of the fire department to the former D&S grocery-gas station, at 175 Washington St.