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Need to Know: Royal Oak's Public Safety Millage

Residents will decide a 5-year millage of up to 3.975 mills in the Nov. 6 general election.

Among the two funding issues facing Royal Oak voters in November is the city's public safety millage. The for the 5-year levy in August.

The move followed a Police Operations Analysis and Fire Operations Analysis prepared by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a nonprofit public safety consultant, which

Millage Proposal Basics

What: Royal Oak voters will decide whether to adopt a 3.975-mill tax to support police, fire and emergency medical services.

When: Nov. 6;

Why: Ballot language reads: "Over the past eight years, the City of Royal Oak has cut its full-time work force by 25 percent. Lower tax revenues will require more reductions and impact services and programs further. This proposed 5-year police, fire and emergency medical service millage will allow Royal Oak to maintain core services."

Cost: In his , Mayor Jim Ellison told the crowd of city leaders, officials and residents that if the millage is passed, it will return city property taxes to their pre-2008 levels.  For the average household, the millage will mean an additional $270 per year, he said.

To Consider: Over the past year the city successfully settled contracts with all ten bargaining units that included pay cuts, reductions in health care benefits, increased employee contributions for pensions and health care and other concessions. This millage is good for 5 years.

Informational resources

The city's website has links to several reports that commissioners received to support the decision to seek the millage, including the following:

Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

will host a town hall discussion on Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at , 506 E. 13 Mile Road in Royal Oak.

Mayor Jim Ellison will speak, joined by City Manager Don Johnson and police and fire department representatives.

Debbie Campbell September 17, 2012 at 11:54 AM
It’s a dedicated ‘Public Safety’ millage Larry D— If the millage passes any additional tax money the DDA captures should be spent on public safety.
Rick Karlowski September 17, 2012 at 12:16 PM
The "extra tax" paid by those in the DDA district goes to the DDA, not the general fund that pays for police/fire. The "contribution" of the parking system is an accounting gimmick. Instead of funding the replacement/maintenance fund, money is transferred into the general fund. Works until the lots/structures need replacement. Then where will the money come from? You guessed - another millage increase.
B. Lewis September 17, 2012 at 03:15 PM
In yesterday's Tribune, the police chief was quoted that if the millage passed one of the things it would pay for is to add a "special events unit". That just sealed the deal that I will be voting NO on the millage.

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