Gaylord City Council Approves Tax Levy for $140K

A Northern Michigan city passed a levy to help fund city police and fire services.

The Gaylord City Council in Otsego County approved the levy for more than $140,000 this week.

It will help sustain the city police department that already had to reduce its size, and help maintain equipment and paid volunteers for the fire department.

City leaders say the money just hasn’t been there from revenues, and that funding the police department and fire services helps to ensure the safety of people who live in and visit Gaylord.

Joseph Duff, the City Manager of Gaylord said, “We are although a small community in population of only 3600…We have an awful lot of traffic and visitors which come to our community and they require and we require that of course everybody is safe in our community.”

The city is anxious to see property values start to rise again so they won’t have to go through with this special assessment.