Huron Township’s operating budget next year will be lower thanks to a decrease in health insurance costs that were negotiated with employees. The township board will consider adopting the $2.6 million spending plan at its next meeting Nov. 9. The budget is for the new fiscal year that begins Jan. 1.
Supervisor Elke Doom confirmed that the negotiated new health premiums will reduce Township costs considerably. A public hearing on the plan was held and the 2011 budget was about $2.7 million.
“We had quite a bit of growth” in subdivisions and neighborhoods, according to Mrs. Doom. “We were one of the few communities in the Downriver Area that showed a population increase.” The township is anticipating slightly more income in revenue-sharing funds due to an increase in population as recorded in the 2010 Census. The township’s population rose to about 1,000 people, from about 13,000 in 2000 to around 14,000 in 2010.
Huron Township is in close proximity to New Boston and Flat Rock and some of its borders reflect a New Boston or Flat Rock address but are considered part of Huron Township.