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Police Funding Millage to go Before Rochester Hills Voters in August

City leaders say the millage won't be a tax increase, but a renewal and shift in the way things are funded.

Rochester Hills voters will be presented in August with a proposition that will continue the funding of police services in the city. 

It won't be a millage increase, city leaders say, thought it may seem that way at first. The proposal, if approved, will renew for 10 years the 1.2083 mills that expire in 2014. It will also levy up to 2.5 mills that will be dedicated to police funding, but that 2.5 mills will be reduced from the general fund.

So it wouldn't be a millage increase, supporters said — just a "status quo" shift in the way the police services are funded.

Police services in Rochester Hills are contracted through the . That costs about $9 million a year. 

The funding question will be on the Aug. 7 primary election ballot. The proposal is the result of a residents-driven effort: a technical review committee has held more than 50 meetings over the past few years to discuss possible methods of continuing the funding, City Council President Greg Hooper said.

Councilmembers approved the ballot proposal Monday night with a 6-1 vote. Councilmember Ravi Yalamanchi voted no, saying he was in favor of a straight renewal.

The technical review committee also suggested councilmembers consider another ballot question that would ask for an additional .4 mills to fund added officers. Councilmembers did not take up this question, so it will not be on the August ballot.

james.stevensforsheriff June 22, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Well City hall would have the extra money if they didnt spend the 35 million plus when the addition was added on. Seems government finds it easy to spend tax our tax dollars, many projects only get a few bids and the terms of the contracts are not easy for the contractors which results in over priced bids which we are the ones left holding the bag. Some Cities spend like drunken sailors then when tough times hit our basic needs of police budgets are always targeted due to poor long term planning. As Sheriff i plan to set goals to save tax payers money and still serve the public 7 days a week and remove crime from the area's needed. Oakland County needs to be a place that the thugs and criminals fear most.
Ted Skandy June 22, 2012 at 04:46 PM
You really don't have a clue on what you're talking about. I thought you were just trying to be funny. Drunken sailors - pretty funny... These are expiring millages. EXPIRING. What does that have to do with long range planning? So you really don't have a plan and you've never been involved in law enforcement?
james.stevensforsheriff June 22, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I guess TED you dont know how to balance a check book, Yes the millages expired and because government does spend like drunken Sailors Our US government is going bankrupt as well if you havent noticed. Well far as Law enforcement i will be the best Sheriff in Michigan for our Citizens. One more thing anyone that is having issues with crime or other matters willbe able to call me personally and i will meet with anyone that needs my attenion and willbe available 7 Days a week unlike most in office.
Lisa June 30, 2012 at 02:22 PM
I agree with you! Other reasons not to vote for it......large fund balances and are roads suck! Number one responsibility of the city is safety so the money should come out of general fund! The city is doing really great but families are still hurting. They should have included a simple renewal of current police millage and I don't trust them since they didn't include the renewal!
Lisa June 30, 2012 at 02:41 PM
And the Charter design is to pay police so taxes stay low in Rochester Hills. Barnett wants more money to play and his slush fund. We have 27 million fund balance 108% of projected revenue for 2013. Have you tried to get FOIA or information from Rochester Hills or OPC. They charge big bucks missing the FREEdom Of Information Act right for the homeowner or voter .

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