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What's on the Ballot in Rochester and Rochester Hills?

Voters in Rochester Hills on Tuesday will cast ballots for Rochester Hills City Council, Library Board and one ballot proposal, while Rochester voters will vote for Rochester City Council.

Rochester Hills


Here is the list of candidates and ballot issues for Rochester Hills. You can read profiles of the candidates through the League of Women Voters Oakland Area Voter Guide

Rochester Hills City Council, At-large (one four-year term)

  • Kevin S. Brown
  • Jeffrey Lauth (Lauth has withdrawn from the race but will remain on the ballot)

Rochester Hills City Council, District 1 (one four-year term)

  • Steph Morita
While not appearing on the ballot, Rochester Hills resident Deana Hilbert has announced she is running as a write-in candidate against Morita. 

Rochester Hills City Council, District 4 (one four-year term)

  • Thomas Wiggins
While not appearing on the ballot, Rochester Hills resident Lisa Winarski is running against Wiggins as a write-in candidate. 

Rochester Hills Library Board (two six-year terms)

  • Robert Bonam
  • Anne Kucher

Ballot proposal: Proposal to revise permissible uses of green space millage

At the September 13, 2005 Primary Election, City of Rochester Hills voters approved a Proposal to provide funding to permanently preserve green spaces and natural features within the City “by funding the purchase of land and interests in land, and enabling the City to seek matching grant funds by levying a new millage of up to 0.3 mills.” It is proposed to revise the permissible use of tax revenues derived from this millage to authorize it to be used to fund the protection, care and maintenance of, and to improve pedestrian accessibility to and within, green spaces and natural features owned, acquired or controlled by the City, in addition to funding the purchase of land and interests in land. Therefore, shall the permissible use of tax revenues derived from the green space millage be revised to authorize it to be used to fund the protection, care and maintenance of, and to improve pedestrian accessibility to and within, green spaces and natural features owned, acquired or controlled by the City, in addition to funding the purchase of land and interests in land? If approved, this proposal will not authorize any new or additional tax or renewal of any current tax. 

Rochester 

Here is the list of candidates for Rochester City Council. You can read profiles of the candidates through the League of Women Voters Oakland Area Voter Guide

Rochester City Council (three four-year terms, one two-year term for fourth-highest vote total)

  • Stuart Bikson
  • Jeffrey Cuthbertson 
  • Cathy Daldin
  • Ann M. Peterson
  • Rob Ray
There are no proposals on the Rochester ballot. 
Chris November 05, 2013 at 11:57 AM
So does the proposal to revise permissible uses of green space millage, mean that the city can use this space for oil extraction without permission from the people?
joel pritchard November 05, 2013 at 03:05 PM
there's oil under my house and I'm ready to sell!
Erin November 05, 2013 at 04:33 PM
Joel - good for you - but wouldn't you like to know what you're signing first? Maybe ask about implications for your mortgage and title insurance? These are complicated contracts, get a mineral lease attorney, NOT your family lawyer.
Erin November 05, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Chris - Council didn't place GS ballot language on Council agenda till right up to Oakland County ballot language deadline, even though the committee had worked on it for nearly a year. At same meeting, Council approved a revised scope of authority for the Green Space Advisory Board to include "plan for future stewardship of significant natural resources within Rochester Hills, in order to protect, care and maintain green spaces and natural features owned or acquired by the City of Rochester Hills." Broad enough for you? Look, I get that we need to spend the GS monies accrued, and that we should use some funds to maintain properties. But language is too vague, could be interpreted by this Council or future Councils in many ways. And in general, I don't trust manufactured urgency - gotta pass it quick, no time for questions, "gotta vote tonight" tactics. Also, they should’ve called a public hearing to discuss- Green Space proposal – ballot language, financial plan, etc. But hey, they signed mineral leases for Parks without calling a public hearing – just months after residents passed the grassroots Parks Charter Amendment.
Erin November 05, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Next up – August 2014 Primary Election – PROPOSAL TO RE-PURPOSE EXPIRING GREEN SPACE MILLAGE FOR LOCAL ROADS Proposed 2014 Ballot Language: “In 2005, City of Rochester Hills voters authorized a special millage for ten (10) years of up to 0.3 mills to provide funding to permanently preserve green spaces and natural features within the City. The Headlee Amendment has reduced the maximum rate of that millage to .2972 mills, and it is due to expire after final levy for fiscal year 2015. It is proposed that upon expiration of the green space millage it should be re-purposed and replaced with a tax levy of up to .2972 mills for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2016 and continuing through fiscal year 2020, inclusive, to be used for local roads and streets. Shall the City of Rochester Hills re-purpose and replace the expiring green space millage of .2972 mills with a tax levy of up to .2972 mills ($0.2972 per $1,000 of taxable value) on the taxable value of all property assessed for taxes in the City for 5 years, beginning in fiscal year 2016 and continuing through fiscal year 2020, inclusive, to be used for maintenance, repair, rehabilitation and reconstruction of local roads and streets and to provide a source of matching funds to support special assessment and grant programs for local roads? This will generate an estimated $889,890 in tax revenues if levied in full in the first year.” To see full presentation, go to this link, then click on “Agenda summary.pdf” document. http://roch.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1463936&GUID=F1B07CCA-E34F-46B0-B631-74D862785FE7&Options=ID|Text|&Search=road+funding

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