Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison addressed a crowd of city leaders and residents at the Emagine theater on Tuesday afternoon. Here's a snapshot of the event by the numbers.
When Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison took the podium Tuesday afternoon and delivered his State of the City address, he used one word more than any other - millage - uttering it 16 times. In a speech filled with numbers, Ellison said there was one number he wanted people to remember - 3.975 or the number of mills the City Commission unanimously voted to put on the ballot this November for a public safety millage over five years. If passed, the millage will maintain current service levels, add police officers and make other minor needed improvements, including continuing to fund senior programs, the mayor said. The city has been serious about implementing austerity measures and trying to do more with less, but "without the monies raised through…
It took Mayor Jim Ellison 31 minutes to present his State of the City address on Tuesday afternoon. You can read his speech on Royal Oak Patch.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Here is the entirety of Mayor Jim Ellison's State of the City Address: Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for joining me here today. Before I begin my remarks, I would like to thank the Royal Oak Rotary Club and its new president, Barbara Wheeler, for once again hosting the State of the City address. I’d also like to thank the Royal Oak Emagine Theatre, and its president, Paul Glantz, for opening up their facility for our presentation today. Emagine has been open for only a year and has already become a fixture of Royal Oak’s scene. For the greater part of two decades, Southeast Michigan has suffered economically and culturally as a result of an overdependence on a diminishing manufacturing sector. Now, more than many …