Charter Amendment - Permanently Preserve Fire, Police & Street Funding
UPCOMING CHARTER AMENDMENTS
Permanently Preserve Fire, Police, and Streets Funding
To continue the financial stability of the city, and the desire to maintain the designated assessment of 6.75 mills to fund fire and police services and 1.9015 mills to fund street capital improvements, amendments to the Charter for the City of Allen Park are being presented to the voters.
What are citizens being asked to decide?
This upcoming election, the citizens of Allen Park will have the opportunity to amend the City Charter to permanently preserve the police and fire public safety millage and the street improvement millage into the City budget. Currently, both require renewal every 10 years.
Proposal 1 would amend the City Charter to increase the operating mills which can be assessed from 12.5 mills to the State authorized amount of 20 mills.
Proposal 2 would make the special Police and Fire Public Safety millage allocation of 6.75 mills permanent and can be used only for the Police and Fire departments. The adoption of Proposal 2 is conditioned upon the adoption of Proposal 1.
Proposal 3 would make the special street improvement millage allocation of 1.9015 permanent and can be used only for street capital improvements. The adoption of Proposal 3 is conditioned upon the adoption of Proposal 1.
Why are the Charter amendments needed now?
Police and Fire Public Safety
In the current 2020-21 budget, 51 percent of the police and fire operating budget is supported with the public safety millage that was passed in 2013. The loss of this funding would result in the extensive layoffs of fire and police staff. This Charter amendment ensures the same level of funding is included in the City’s standard operating budget and allows the City the ability to plan for the future of Allen Park.
The current street improvement millage enables the City of Allen Park to redo approximately two (2) miles of streets a year. Given the average lifespan of a street is 30 years and Allen Park has more than 90 miles of streets, maintaining the roads is an ongoing job for Allen Park. Preserving this high-quality street system helps sustain property value, promotes driver and pedestrian safety, and promotes a strong sense of community.
Will taxes go up?
This is not a tax increase. The Charter amendments will allow the City to roll the current millages for public safety and streets into the total millage rate. The current millage rate for the city is 19.0576. There are no plans to raise this rate. This amendment will limit the total millage rate for Allen Park residents (excluding acts by the state legislature) to 20 mills. The City has no plans on raising the additional .9424 mills (equivalent to $58.90 a year for a home valued at $125,000 with a taxable value of $62,500; equivalent to $70.68 a year for a home valued at $150,000 with a taxable value of $75,000; equivalent to $94.24 a year for a home valued at $200,000 with a taxable value of $100,000), but the extra .9424 mills will provide the City with the flexibility necessary to be proactive and responsive to the needs of its citizens.