Board OKs salary increases, more for clerk due to elections

Township also approves poverty exemption for taxes.
The Laketown Township Board of Trustees. Front from left: Treasurer Jim Johnson and Supervisor Linda Howell. Back from left: Trustee Patrick Dietrich, Clerk Amber Davis and Trustee Jim Delaney.

The Laketown Township board on Wednesday, Jan. 10, unanimously approved 3 percent pay increases for its members with an extra $10,000 for the clerk because of expanded election duties.

The township is required to set its salaries at the beginning of the year.

The increases go into effect for the next fiscal year that begins April 1.

The salaries for the two trustees were increased from $5,000 to $5,150 a year for each.

The salary for the treasurer and supervisor were increased from $16,500 to $16,995 a year for each.

The clerk’s salary increased from $16,500 to $16,995 plus $10,000 for a total of $26,995.

Early voting

The increase for the clerk is due to the added election duties with early voting that begins next month for the Feb. 27 Presidential Primary.

Early voting gives residents the opportunity to cast their vote in person nine days prior to the election. All early in-person voting will be at the Laketown Township Hall, 4338 Beeline Road. This is a change for some people who would normally vote in another precinct.

Early in-person voting is 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following days: Saturday, Feb. 17; Sunday, Feb. 18; Monday, Feb. 19; Tuesday, Feb. 20; Wednesday, Feb. 21; Thursday, Feb. 22; Friday, Feb. 23; Saturday, Feb. 24; and Sunday, Feb. 25.

For more information on early voting, absentee voting or any other election issue, please contact the clerk’s office at (616) 335-3050 or visit www.laketowntwp.org and click on “Elections & Voting.”

Other business

In other business, the township board:

  • Unanimously approved Poverty Exemptions Guidelines for property taxes. Residents who meet income and asset levels can submit their request to the March Board of Review. “Poverty exemptions are quite rare in our township, but do exist, and have been submitted in the past to the Board of Review,” Laketown Board of Review members wrote in a letter to the board of trustees in 2023. No exemption requests were submitted for the 2023 Board of Review. For more information, contact Laketown Township Assessor Heather Jahr at (616) 335-3050.
  • Unanimously agreed to table discussion on a revised open burning ordinance after the board received more correspondence from residents about the issue.