OUR SURVEY RESULTS ARE IN!
In partnership with Michigan State University's School of Public Policy, Bridgeport Charter Township recently conducted a community-wide survey about funding the proposed new township hall/fire station/police station, as well as a proposed indoor sports facility. The results of the survey are now available to view here. A total of 475 completed responses were returned, and all survey responses were kept anonymous.
Proposed Township Hall
Proposed Township Floor Plan
Online Tax Calculator:
Bridgeport Charter Township taxpayers can use this online tax calculator to estimate the impact of November's ballot proposal on your annual tax bill.
The increase in taxes could potentially be offset by the Michigan Homestead Property Tax Credit – Households that pay homestead property taxes greater than 3.2% of their annual income may be eligible for Michigan’s Homestead Property Tax Credit. Eligible households may deduct up to 60% (up to 100% for senior citizens, please see the senior credit table below) of the millage increase cost up to a $1,500 Homestead Tax Credit limit. The eligibility for the credit begins to decrease after household income exceeds $51,001 and ends completely after the household income exceeds $60,001.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q1. Why don’t we stay in and renovate the former Pentecostal Church that serves as the temporary home of the Bridgeport Governmental Center? Isn’t it cheaper?
A1. Based on the original project budgets from 2019 the cost to stay in and renovate the former church site was $12,242,418, and the cost to build at the site of the former Huntington Bank building was $11,040,182. This means it was $1,202,236 less expensive to build new than to renovate. As of this year, based on cost-cutting revisions to our site plans that eliminated redundant or unnecessary spaces in the proposed Township Hall the new construction cost estimate is $7,272,292 or almost $5 million less than it costs to renovate the existing church. There are various reasons that it costs more to renovate than to build new, but some of those reasons include bringing the church up to ADA compliance, having to completely re-program the interior spaces, and having to build an addition onto the church to accommodate the Township’s staff and activities. For example, the Police Department has no meeting space, place to store their vehicles out of the elements, or wash bay for their vehicles. Additionally, having our Police and Fire departments operating out of the former church on the south end of the Township pulls them away from the Township’s population center which increases the time it takes to respond to emergencies, and can potentially drive up the Township’s insurance costs which are paid through taxes.
Q2. What’s wrong with our current Fire Station? Why do we need a new one?
A2. The Fire Station was built in the flood plain in 1972, and was inundated with water during the flood of 1986. This puts the Township’s public safety officials at risk of not being able to respond to flood emergencies because they themselves may be in a flood emergency. Further, the station has never been renovated and its facilities are almost 50 years old. For instance, the bathrooms are not ADA compliant and do not provide shower facilities for firefighters to use for decontamination following fire calls. Over the past 50 years, fire equipment including fire trucks have gotten larger and take up more space. The current station and its berths were not built to accommodate the size and amount of modern fire equipment housed by the Fire Department. We would also like to have all three Township divisions (Administrative, Police, and Fire) housed within the same complex to streamline our operations.
Q3. Why doesn’t the temporary church location for Bridgeport’s Governmental Center work as a permanent home for Bridgeport’s Police Department?
A3. The current church location for the Police Department is severely lacking in space. Our previous location was fully used at approximately 5,030 square feet. In the current church location, we are cramped into approximately 1,900 square feet. The facility needs assessment completed in 2004 indicated we had a need for a total probable gross building area of 11,500 square feet.
Besides numerous safety and security concerns with the construction of the church building we are currently housed in, we also lack separate male/female bathrooms, no shower facility (in case an Officer needs to clean up after an exposure incident), no interview observation room, no separate conference/training room, no secure temporary holding room during interview of multiple subjects, no garage space to be used to either process evidence from vehicles, secure vehicles, perform routine minor maintenance, or clean Patrol vehicles. We also lack a space for confidential counseling or interviewing citizens. Our clerk is located in the hallway with file cabinets making it very difficult to speak with citizens at the window and/or on the phone. There are currently four small rooms besides the hallway in the Police Department location of the church with thinly built walls with no sound proofing making interviewing and investigation difficult. There is no separate secure parking area or covered parking area for Patrol vehicles or employee vehicles creating a safety and security concern for both staff, vehicles and equipment. All usable area at this time is very limited making it difficult to complete professional and thorough investigations. Currently, the Officers, Clerk, public and prisoners occupy the same space used for briefing, debriefing, prisoner processing and general personnel coming and going creating a mixture that is both inappropriate and dangerous.