If Perkins is so strapped for cash, why the new township hall?
Perkins Township trustees failed to truly understand how tight the state's budget would be in 2013 when they proceeded with plans to build the new township complex in 2010. At the time they felt the best use of $3.3 million in their bank account was to invest in a new township hall, housing various departments including police. The building is paid off and has no debt, but it nearly wiped out the township's savings. Trustees contended the new township hall was a necessary venture and it will serve residents for the next 50 years — but, they acknowledge they had to make sacrifices because of the building. They had to eliminate seven employment positions at a recent meeting. Understand, Perkins lost almost $1 million from its $9.5 million budget because of reductions in local government funds from the state and property tax devaluations. That's what put the hurt on them the most. Without that unanticipated loss of income, the township would be in much better financial shape. The township plans to put a levy on the ballot in May to ask for additional tax funding from residents.