Jonesville MI Village to City Incorporation Meeting

The Village of Jonesville is taking steps to become the City of Jonesville. The Village already qualifies to be a City. It has had all the services in place for years–police, fire, water, etc. The people have just not taken the initiative to make the change until now. The main reason for incorporation is the streamlining of government. Folks who live in town currently go to the Township for some services and to the Village for others. This change will put all citizen issues in one location. Village residents will no longer pay Township taxes, so the total tax liability will go down for people who live in town.

The only real issue brought up at the meeting, was the boundary line of the new City. The picture shows the areas in question that are in different colors. Some areas have Village borders on 3 sides. It does not make sense why these areas are not currently in the Village, but the property owners would like to keep their Township status. The State listened to input from residents and will ultimately make a decision as to where the final boundaries will be.
Incorporation is a process that could take up to 24 months to complete. Once the legwork is complete, a voter referendum will decide if we will move forward as a City or remain a Village. About 100 people attended the meeting.

Mike Venturini

“Life is good in Jonesville”

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