TUESDAY, AUGUST 7, 2018 is PRIMARY ELECTION DAY.
Besides voting for candidates that will be chosen for the NOVEMBER 2018 ballot , there are two other PROPOSALS that ask for a YES or NO vote.
Below are those two proposals.
Both are "renewals" but the SMART proposal is also an increase !
1. SMART: for public transportation. I do know that the Bloomfield Township Senior Center has several SMART buses ( but often sit unused) but I'll leave the yes or no vote on this issue for you to decide. Please note that this SMART ballot is also asking for an increase as well as the renewal ! Four years request. Personally, I voted NO.
2. SAFETY PATH: Bloomfield Township has been requesting money for safety paths since 1998.
I say vote NO.... on the Safety Path proposal because the township continues to award NO BID contracts to the same contractor, year after year... with NO definite itemized contract for EACH of the different safety path projects. The township just awards a "not to exceed" contract for the year. Yet, even those contracts are sometimes changed.
I also say vote NO on this proposal because the township has added an employee costs ($45,000 to $55,000) a year on the expenses side (beginning in 2014) and also has added the cost of vehicles. Latest one is a $78,000 vehicle. This millage should NOT be used for employee wages/benefits/pension nor for vehicle purchases. My opinion.
Another reason to vote NO is simply the lack of transparency of the entire FUND.