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Four Lakes Task Force issues reply on Heron Cove Association appeal

Lake front property along the Tittabawasse River on May 17, 2021.
Brett Dahlberg
Lake front property along the Tittabawasse River on May 17, 2021.

Without the funds from the special assessment rolls, said The Four Lakes Task Force, the dam reconstruction project may end up delayed or unfinished.

Earlier this week, the Four Lakes Task Force released a response to the appeal filed by the Heron Cove Association on Feb. 21.

The appeal aims to repeal the special assessment rolls being placed to help fund the repair of the dams along the Tittabawassee river, which could cost taxpayers within the district over $1,000 a year for a 35-40 year period.

In their response, the Four Lake Task Force reiterated that the assessment rolls are legal and necessary to complete the project to bring back the Smallwood, Secord, Wixom, and Sanford lakes. They say that once state funding for the project is depleted then there is no guarantee the project will continue if the rolls get put aside.

Without the assessment rolls, the FLTF worries that the area will go into 2025 without the lakes, and hopes that the appeal will be resolved in the Midland County District Court before the end of April to keep the timeline without delay.

Brianna Edgar is a newsroom intern covering the Tri-Cities for WCMU.
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