At the United Homeowners (UHOA) Annual meeting Jan. 18, 2012, Township Supervisor Savoie told the attendees that the township will put a Public Safety millage renewal on the August 7, 2012 ballot.
Savoie indicated that the amount will be 2.5 mills which represents between 8-9 million dollars. He indicated that should the proposal fail, the township would need to reduce the public safety department by about 80 people.
Questions about the above surprise announcement:
- I have not seen or read about any public meeting of the Bloomfield Township Board of Trustees that discussed publicly the above decision. Question: Has Mr. Savoie made this decision on his own, or have there been official township meetings to discuss this public safety millage that excluded the public?
- How did Savoie and/or others determine the number of employees that would need to be eliminated?
- Are there other items in the budget that could be cut to save employee jobs in the event the public says NO?
- How does the 2012 expiring public safety millage affect the preliminary 2012-2013 budget at this time, especially during the time frame: Jan. 2013- March 31, 2013?
- What action has any employee of the township taken to date concerning the public safety millage expiration/renewal?
- As a taxpayer, do you know how many DEDICATED millages there are currently for public safety? Answer, 4 , representing more than 7.5 mills. Plus..see #7 and #8...
- Do you know that 90% or so of the 1.3 mills GENERAL millage from Feb. 2010 ($4.4 million) is also going directly to public safety?
- That TOTAL money to public safety is almost 9 mills... A whopping $24,000,000 give or take for public safety expenditures for 16,466 households/ 41,070 residents ( 2010 Census).
- What other millages do you pay? This 2008 financial data chart does NOT include the Feb. 2010 1.3 mills and NOT the recent costs for bonds issued for water/sewer. Current figures should be provided. Other existing bond rates have already increased because of the declining property values.
- For those Township residents living in the Bloomfield Hills School District, will there be another school bond added to your personal tax burden this year?
- The below list is only for our township, there are other taxes owed for schools, SMART, community colleges, etc. More information on millage rate click here.