Township looks to increase board of review pay

The board of review is meeting March 11-12 at the township hall.
The board of review meets at the Laketown Township Hall, 4338 Beeline Road.

The Laketown Township Board of Trustees is expected to continue with its pay adjustments, increasing compensation for board of review members by 50 percent.

“It’s a very difficult job,” Manager Al Meshkin told the board of trustees at the Wednesday, March 6, workshop meeting.

The board of review hears taxpayer reviews.

The Laketown Township Board of Review is made up of three members: Chairperson Kevin Stoike, Helen Heneveld and Barb Hibiske.

The board of review members now make $20 an hour – “very low when you consider the service they do for the township,” said Meshkin. “It is a difficult and typically thankless job.”

Members must also take state training courses. Starting in 2022, board of review members are required to complete training at least once every two years.

The township board is considering raising the pay from $20 to $30 an hour and will decide the issue at the March 13 regular meeting. Meshkin has asked the pay increase be effective March 1 so members receive pay for this tax season.

The board of review meets Monday, March 11, from 2-5 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.; and Tuesday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to noon and 1-3 p.m. at the township hall, 4338 Beeline Road.

To make an appointment, call (616) 335-3050 or email Heather@laketowntwp.org.

Other pay increases

In February, the board of trustees approved pay increases for the parks commission, planning commission, zoning board of appeals and fire board.

Board members received a $15-per-meeting increase and chairpersons received a $25-per-meeting increase.

The current pay is $85 per meeting for a board member and $100 per meeting for a chairperson. It was last increased in 2021.

The new pay is $100 per meeting for a board member and $125 per meeting for a chairperson.

On Jan. 10, the township board approved 3 percent raises for its own members. The clerk received the 3 percent increase plus $10,000 for elections. The township board is paid an annual salary while the other boards and commissions are paid by the meeting.

In other business on March 6, the township board:

  • Agreed to further research a proposed open burning ordinance. The township has been looking at how to handle recreational fires, especially west of 66th Street in difficult-to-access dune areas.
  • Agreed to ask the parks commission to update bid requests to paint and caulk the Old Township Hall, 6280 142nd Ave.
  • Agreed to put demolition bids for the Huyser House, 4158 64th St., on the agenda for the March 13 meeting.